St. Landry Parish School Board

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The Eunice Elementary classroom building damaged by an Aug. 14 fire is expected to reopen for the next school year. Students who attended classes in the building are now in temporary buildings on the campus. (Photo by Myra MIller)

Fire-damaged building at Eunice Elementary on target for opening next school year

The fire-damaged building at Eunice Elementary is on target to reopen next school year, Claudia Blanchard, school system director of operations said.
Blanchard updated Board members at a meeting Wednesday of the Buildings, Lands and Sites Committee.
Insurance is covering the cost incurred from an Aug. 14 fire.
“We are going to have to change out the flooring,” Blanchard said. The flooring change requires an asbestos abatement procedure, she said.
“Once that work is done there will be a little bit of cleanup,” she said.

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School discipline discussed

St. Landry Parish School Board members focused on discipline in schools and on buses at a meeting in Opelousas on Monday.
On the heels of that discussion by the Board’s Executive Committee session, Maj. Eddie Thibodeaux, spokesman for St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz, announced an investigation into an attack on a school bus driver at Palmetto Elementary on Tuesday.
During the meeting, Eunice area School Board member Mary Ellen Fontenot suggested para-professionals be hired to monitor behavior of buses.

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Opelousas Parish Council member Wayne Ardoin

Superintendent dismissed at Parish Council meeting

The St. Landry Parish Council dismissed hearing from school Superintendent Patrick Jenkins at a meeting on Wednesday.
The meeting was called to discuss parish government’s budget, but Jenkins was added to the agenda to talk about the lease of a parish-owned Head Start site.
Parish President Bill Fontenot said he requested Jenkins be added to the agenda.

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East Elementary staff at Thursday’s St. Landry Parish School Board meeting, are, from left, Cathy Vicknair, school secretary; Principal Gina LaGrange; Julie Faul, learning center teacher; Annetta Papillion, Vanessa Cormier, Mayria Ledet, all fourth-grade teachers. With the staff is School Board member Albert Hayes Jr. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

School Board honors East Elementary

East Elementary was honored for being the state’s highest ranking Top Growth school during the St. Landry Parish School Board meeting Thursday.
Angela Cassimere, director of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment, said, “In St. Landry Parish we’ve always been recognized for somethings, usually we are never first. We have the privilege this afternoon of recognizing one of our schools, East Elementary, for the hard work they have done...”

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Retiring St. Landry Parish School Board members, from left, Charles Ross and Roger Young were recognized at the second annual Convocation at Opelousas Senior High School on Tuesday morning. At center is Young’s wife, Nettie. (Photos by Harlan Kirgan)

St. Landry Parish celebrates school year’s beginning

Nearly 2,000 St. Landry Parish public school employees met Tuesday for the district’s second annual Convocation to celebrate the beginning of the school year.
About 14,000 students are to report for classes today in the school district.
The convocation at Opelousas Senior High School included honoring retiring School Board members Roger Young, of Eunice, and Charles Ross, of Opelousas.
Young will have served 32 years on the School Board when his term ends and Ross will have 24 years of service.

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