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Evangeline School Board Recognizes Students of the Year


Evangeline Parish School Board Meeting April 16, 2014


The Evangeline Parish School Board held its monthly meeting last night in the Media Center at Ville Platte High School.  The Media Center was standing room only as proud parents and students gathered to celebrate the recognition for being nominated and/or being deemed 2013-14 Student of the Year.  Certificates were presented to the following nominees:

5th Grade: Shelby Bergeaux (BHS), Kamryn West (BCE), Olivia Thibodeaux (MHS), Montavia Soileau (VE), Olivia Lacombe (VPH); and

The Student of the Year was Kamryn West (BCE)

8th Grade: Cameron Berzas (BHS), Karli Ortego (BCE), Jaylon Leday (CE), Natalie Pitre (MHS), Noah Manual (VE), Ciera Lafleur (VPH); and

The Student of the Year was Cameron Berzas (BHS)

12th Grade: Elizabeth Ortego (BHS), Mikelyn Manuel (MHS), Alyssa Jackson (PPHS), Kendall Ardoin (VPH); and

The Student of the Year was Elizabeth Ortego (BHS)

The School Board also recognized the Bayou Chicot Elementary Track Team for its 1st place win in the Elementary Parish Track Meet.  Coach Craig Magee and Coach Kim Deville announced the numerous accomplishments of the track team and spotlighted the fact that the team, even lacking enough space to practice and with no track, has taken first place in 2010, 2011, 2012, runner up in 2013 and has taken 1st place again in 2014.

  • The Board approved the 2014-2015 School Calendar and Assistant Superintendent Darwan Lazard told the board of two proposals that were sent to all of the schools.

  • Proposal 1 would give one holiday day for President’s Day; and 2 days for Mardi Gras.

  • Proposal 2 would give one holiday day for President’s Day; one day for Mardi Gras; and one for Memorial Day.

He reported that overwhelming response was in support of Proposal 1 with two days for Mardi Gras.

Superintendent Toni Hamlin had a few comments at the end of the meeting.  She reminded the members that Financial Disclosures are due 5/15 and her office would help any way they could with submitting them; Friday is the 1st day of the Spring Break and her office will be closed from then until 4/28; Employees will still be paid on the 25th of the month (like they normally do); Field Testing for the PARCC Assessment had a few glitches when testing began.  A more detailed report will be forthcoming as test scores come in; Regarding ACT scores – every high school in the parish had improved scores; and she wished everyone a nice Easter Break.

Rotary Club Hears from Congressman Fleming


VILLE PLATTE ROTARY CLUB MEETING

APRIL 15, 2014

 

    The Ville Platte Rotary Club today heard from U.S. Congressman John Fleming who paid a surprise visit to the club. Fleming was accompanied at the meeting by police juror Bryan Vidrine and Turkey Creek Mayor Heather Cloud. The group was meeting with parish officials on economic development issues. Fleming told Rotarians that he is committed to attract new companies and industry to this district to keep our young people at home. Fleming is a physician from Minden and has been in Congress since 2012.

    Guest speaker was Susan Fisher, Special Projects Coordinator with the St. Landry/Evangeline United Way. She announced that United Way is planning their 7th Annual Day of Action June 21 and 22 in both parishes. She is asking for volunteers including organizations and school students to plan special activities on those two days. She suggests community projects like painting schools, nursing homes, students reading to children at libraries and beautifying your neighborhood. She is in need of corporate and business support through signs, t shirts and manpower. For more information, you may contact her at United Way at 942-7815. She was the guest of Rotarian David Mayeaux who was in charge of this week’s program.

    There will be no rotary club meeting next Tuesday so Rotarians can attend a fellowship meal at Dr. Jerry Veillion’s camp Tuesday night at 6;00pm;

    Rotarian Larry Lachney reported that the Sacred Interact Club will soon begin collecting ink pens, back packs and paper clips for their international project.

Evangeline Parish Police Jury Meeting


April 14, 2014 Evangeline Parish Police Jury Mtg.


The Police Jury tabled the subject of assigning names to parish roads and/or the renaming of certain roads until proper notification can be sent out and a breakdown can be done regarding the roads in each of their capacities.

A discussion was had regarding a 4% pay raise for administration and those working in the parish.  After reviewing the budget, the jury voted to postpone the item until the October agenda when the 2015 budget can be viewed and further discussion will be held.  No action was taken at this time.

Public Works Director, Dustin Vidrine announced he is resigning and gave the jury a 30-day notice.

City Engineer, Ronnie Landreneau reported that the Library Project is back in swing and contracts have been signed with Patriot Construction and Star Surety.  They have 60 days to complete the inside and out of the new library.

Eric Soileau, from District 6 asked that we make a special note thanking Chris Guillory with Cleco for purchasing the pipe needed to repair Tiger Lane.

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