St. Landry Parish School Board

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Patrick Jenkins, right, St. Landry Parish school superintendent, speaks during the Board's Executive Committee meeting on Wednesday. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Board puts brakes on school superintendent contract talks

The brakes were slammed on the negotiations on St. Landry Parish School Superintendent Patrick Jenkins’ contract.
The School Board’s Executive Committee voted that Jenkins would get an informal evaluation in March and a decision on whether to begin talks may be made in April.
Jenkins’ contract expires on Dec. 31, but the Board must give him at least 120 days notice if it intends to not renew his employment.

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Dwanetta Scott talks about being principal at Eunice Junior High School during Thursday’s meeting of the St. Landry Parish School Board. With Scott is Donnie Perron, School Board president.

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Eunice High School Principal Mitchell Fontenot reacts to be recognized as the St. Landry Parish High School Principal of the Year at Thursday’s School Board meeting. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

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Eunice Junior High School faculty members stand as their principal, Dwanetta Scott, is honored as a Principal of the Year at Thursday’s St. Landry Parish School Board meeting.

Eunice principals among 5 honored

Two Eunice principals, Mitch Fontenot and Dwanetta Scott, were among St. Landry Parish principals honored at the parish School Board meeting Thursday.
Fontenot was honored as High School Principal of the Year and Scott was recognized as Middle School Principal of the Year.
Also recognized were Kellie Rabalais, Palmetto Elementary principal, as 5-8 Principal of the Year; Gregory Campbell, Northwest High, 6-12 Principal of the Year; and Tiffany Perry, Port Barre Elementary, Elementary Principal of the Year.

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The opening day for St. Landry Parish public schools is Aug. 8 and it was easy to find custodians at work preparing for that day. At Eunice Junior High School Tyrie Pickney, was pressure-washing the sidewalk at the school near the gymnasium on Tuesday afternoon. At Central Middle School, Benjamin Truitt was painting the office of assistant adminstrator J. St. Andre. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

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The opening day for St. Landry Parish public schools is Aug. 8 and it was easy to find custodians at work preparing for that day. At Eunice Junior High School Tyrie Pickney, was pressure-washing the sidewalk at the school near the gymnasium on Tuesday afternoon. At Central Middle School, Benjamin Truitt was painting the office of assistant adminstrator J. St. Andre. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

School prep

The opening day for St. Landry Parish public schools is Aug. 8 and it was easy to find custodians at work preparing for that day. At Eunice Junior High School Tyrie Pickney, was pressure-washing the sidewalk at the school near the gymnasium on Tuesday afternoon. At Central Middle School, Benjamin Truitt was painting the office of assistant adminstrator J. St. Andre. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

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School Board approves budget

The St. Landry Parish School Board approved its budget that includes a $991,000 deficit in the general fund.
The 2019-2020 budget was approved at the July 11 meeting with a lone “no” vote by Hazel Sias, an Opelousas Board member. Board member Josh Boudreaux was absent.
The budget was first presented in meetings held in June.
Tressa Miller, finance director, said the budget includes the $1,000 raise for certified employees and $500 raise for non-certified employees, which are funded by the state.

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Roof work continued Wednesday morning at the Eunice Elementary classroom building damaged by fire in August 2018. Work at the campus to the building and two others is expected to continue after school starts in August. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Repair work at Eunice Elementary won’t be completed by start of school

Any hope that repair work at Eunice Elementary would be completed by the start of school in August has been dashed by the weather.
Claudia Blanchard, school system director of operations, said, “This project was originally started almost a year ago — a 220 day project, which is a long time. We probably had a hundred or more days of weather issues. And, there was also when we had the fire back the second day of school this past school year that delayed the process as well.”

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