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Drop in enrollment will cost APSD $800,000

A drop in enrollment numbers will take an $800,000 bite out of the Avoyelles Parish School District budget this year, the School Board learned at its monthly meeting Oct. 3.

“Enrollment is a little better today than at the start of the school year, but still not great,” Dauzat said. “As a district, we are 132 students behind what the Feb. 1 count showed and what we had budgeted.”

Assessor Todd Dugas delivered the property assessment report to the St. Martin Parish Council during a public hearing on Oct. 3. (Karl Jeter)

SMP property assessed value drops in 2017

Assessor Todd Dugas reports that total property values in St. Martin Parish went down slightly this fiscal year for the first time in years.
Dugas gave his annual assessment report at the Oct. 3 parish council meeting. He said that, in what was close to a “flat” year for property values, taxable values were assessed at $383,456,179. That is a decrease of about $6 million, just less than 1.7 percent, from last year.

$14.5M project planned for SM Hospital

Plans for a major expansion of the St. Martin Hospital in Breaux Bridge advanced one step closer to reality last week when the St. Martin Parish Council approved a request by the hospital board to hold an election seeking approval of a $14.5 million bond issue in March.
Only residents of Hospital Service District No. 2 are eligible to vote on the bond issue and only property owners in the district would be subject to the millage, if the proposal passes.
Hospital Board member Burton Dupuis presented the request to parish council members last week.

Abbeville High Homecoming Court

The 2017 Abbeville High Homecoming Court; Back arch - L-R: Nautica Celestine, Kristal Guerrero, Chelsea Baudoin, Queen - Skyler Guerra, Taylor Wilson, Jacqueline Villasenor and Chyna Harrison; Mid arch - L-R: Brittany Campbell, Mallory Trahan, Annemarie Broussard and Oriel Henderson; Front - L-R: Phung Vi and Courtney Broussard.

Lt. Col. Desormeaux

Lt. Col. Desormeaux named Grand Marshal of Cattle Festival Parade

Lt. Col. Scott J. Desormeaux will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 69th Annual Louisiana Cattle Festival’s Grand Parade.
The Louisiana Cattle Festival will be held Oct. 13 through Oct. 15 in Abbeville. The Parade will begin at 1 p.m. in Abbeville.
Lt. Col. Desormeaux started his military career as an enlisted infantryman in the United States Marine Corps. He was commissioned as an officer into the Army through the Northeast Louisiana University (NLU) ROTC program in 1994.

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