St. Landry Parish School Board

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School Board mileage rate stalls budget

Approval of the St. Landry Parish School Board budget slowed over discussion of a mileage increase.
Mileage paid to school system employees has been an issue since January and the next budget, which is to be voted on at a July 11 meeting, calls for a 10 cent increase to 46 cents per mile.
The mileage issue emerged again at a School Board Finance Committee meeting Monday in Opelousas where a public hearing was held on the budget that has about $151.6 million in expenditures and $150.4 million revenues.

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Eunice Elementary roof work approved

Two change orders for roofing work at Eunice Elementary were approved by the St. Landry Parish School Board on Thursday.
On Aug. 2, 2018, the Board approved $1,099,000 for roof replacement at the elementary school and Eunice Junior High School.
Work at the school since then has faced a series of setbacks.
On Aug. 14, fire destroyed much of the interior of a classroom building at Eunice Elementary.
Temporary buildings were moved onto the campus to accommodate the students displaced by the fire.
On Dec. 27, the administration building was flooded.

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Parish Council: Deal or No Deal?

The St. Landry Parish School Board may have gotten its final offer from the Parish Council for the lease of property for a Head Start Center adjacent to the parish airport.
The monthly rental price has ranged from $5 a month to $1,125 a month since October, the month after the school system took control of the Head Start program in St. Landry Parish.
The School Board has about $6.8 million in federal money to operate the 11 Head Start centers in the parish.
The deal may close at $500 a month at the Feb. 20 Parish Council meeting.

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Albert Hayes Jr., a Eunice St. Landry Parish School Board member, appeals to the St. Landry Parish Council on Wednesday to reconsider a $500 a month fee to lease property that is used for a Head Start center in Opelousas. Also standing, waiting to talk, are School Board members, left of Haynes, Raymond Cassimere, Denise Rose and Joyce Haynes. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Head Start lease headed for another round of negotiations

The months long back and forth over a lease for parish-owned property in Opelousas is going to take at least another month.
The St. Landry Parish Council was ready to approve a lease for $500 a month for the property where a Head Start center is located on in Opelousas.
The parish owns the property and the building is owned by Head Start, which operates on a federally-funded budget separate from the School Board.

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The Eunice High School state 3-A championship football team was honored at Thursday’s St. Landry Parish School Board meeting. The Bobcats defeated Sterlington 59-47 on Dec. 7 at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans to capture the state title. From left, are Lane DeVillier, Avery Lee, Coach Andre Vige, Jordan Ledet, St. Landry Parish School Board member Mary Ellen Donatto, Carlin Vigers, Superintendent Patrick Jenkins, Jordan Ogesby, Zach Joubert, Brodi Walker, Coach Paul Trosclair, Principal Mitch Fontenot and School Board member Albert Hayes Jr. Vige and Donatto hold the state trophy. Trosclair commented that one goal of the team is try to represent the city of Eunice and St. Landry Parish in a first-class way. Trosclair said other team members were involved in other school activities and were unable to attend the meeting. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

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Mary Ellen Donatto holds the gavel after being elected president of the St. Landry Parish School Board on Thursday. At right is Superintendent Patrick Jenkins.

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St. Landry Parish School Board members completed their election process by reciting oaths and signing documents presented by the St. Landry Parish Clerk at Thursday’s meeting in Opelousas. From left, are Lisa Doyle, chief clerk; newly-elected Board member Myron Guillory; St. Landry Parish Clerk of Court Charles Jagneaux; and School Board member Mary Ellen Donatto. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

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St. Landry Parish Council member Ken Marks speaks a St. Landry Parish School Board committee of the whole meeting Thursday in Opelousas about a lease for a Head Start center in Opelousas. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Eunice Elementary bid approved; Eunice High championship year celebrated

Mary Ellen Donatto was elected president of the St. Landry Parish School Board without opposition at Thursday’s Board meeting.
Donatto, who retired as principal at East Elementary, is in her second year on the School Board. She was elected without opposition in qualifying July 2018.
Donatto thanked the Board members after her election and praised the district for raising its state School Performance Score by 13 points last year. She called it a “remarkable feat.”


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