St. Landry Parish School Board

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St. Landry Parish School Board member Donnie Perron discusses the price for a Head Start center in Opelousas on Wednesday. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

School officials may get price cut from Council

Faced with a $1,125 monthly charge to use St. Landry Parish property in Opelousas, two School Board officials were back in front of the Parish Council requesting a price cut.
The St. Landry Parish School Board began administering the Head Start program in September 2018.
The School Board began administering the Head Start program in the parish in September with a $6.8 million budget for the 10 months remaining in the fiscal year.
The site, owned by the parish, is on West Martin Luther King Extension, adjoining the parish airport, in Opelousas.

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St. Landry Parish School Board member Albert Hayes Jr. is shown at the Dec. 17 committee meeting. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

School Board panel reviews social media by employees

The online world and particular social media is a minefield of potential problems.
For instance, Anthony Standberry, a St. Landry Parish School Board, member described his recent experience attending a Christmas presentation at Lawtell Elementary.
The program so touched him he recorded it on his smart phone and shared it on social media, he said.
Standberry asked if it is that OK for him to share is heartwarming images?

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Patrick Jenkins, St. Landry Parish school superintendent, said early education will help equalize education achievement. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Many parish public schools show performance gap by race

A report on subgroup performance in St. Landry Parish public schools shows four schools in the parish where there is a two grade level difference in performance between white and black students.
The disparity was highlighted by Board members Candace Gerace and Mary Ellen Donatto.
The letter grades are from the state’s school performance scores.
A subgroup is a major racial or ethnic group; and economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities, English learners, students in foster care, homeless students, and military affiliated students.

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The St. Landry Parish School Board’s meeting room at the Central Office was full Wednesday with Head Start employees for a Finance Committee meeting Later, the Executive Committee met and two Board members, Candace Gerace and Mary Ellen Donatto, noted the school performance scores show a disparity between black and white students. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

School Board panel talks racial disparity in scores

Sometimes St. Landry Parish School Board members sound like friends sitting a table around discussing education.
That was the case at a meeting Wednesday of the Board’s Executive Committee.
It was the second night of meetings for Board members and a presentation on policies prompted observations about education.
Comments ranged from administrators returning the public’s phone calls to an observation about state school performance scores showing black children under-performing their white counterparts.

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School panel reverses course for Head Start pay raise

St. Landry Parish Head Start employees will receive a 2.6 percent cost of living increase instead of a $700 lump sum payment.
The 2.6 percent increase was approved by the School Board’s Finance Committee on Wednesday. Last month, the full Board approved a December $700 payment recommended by the administration.
The school system was to receive about $125,000 to pay for a cost of living increase for each of about 140 workers.


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