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Ville Platte-      Evangeline Central School in Vidrine  will have a new principal this fall. Superintendent of Schools Toni Hamlin Wednesday told members of the Evangeline Parish School Board that Dexter Brown will serve as an interim appointment as new principal at the school effective immediately. The appointment was made after the unexpected resignation of David Rivera who accepted a principalship in Kansas near where his wife is employed.

                           Dexter Brown is a seven year employee with the St. Landry Parish School System. He was serving as Assistant Principal at Beau Chene High and has a background in Special Education and working with the discipline of high school students. Brown is also a reserve a police officer and serves as a member of the St. Landry Parish Council.

                           Brown , who attended the meeting with his wife, thanked Hamlin and the school board for their vote of confidence. He said “I will do everything in my power to work toward the goal of having our students become productive citizens in society.”

                            Superintendent Hamlin commended Rivera for the accomplishments he was able to do while serving as principal at the school.

                             There are five programs operating at Evangeline Central in Vidrine.  Among those programs include  working with students with discipline problems and those wishing to achieve a GED.

                             The superintendent said the new state mandated “Connections” program for 15 year old students will operate at the school. The school district has indentified 116 students that qualify for the program . The goal is to accelerate learning to get students up to their grade level.

                               In other action the school board heard from Business Manager Amy Lafleur report on the Sales Tax Distribution checks.

                               Lafleur said the total excess in sales taxes amounted to $1.8 million dollars for this fiscal year which is $242,000 below the amount a year ago. The excess funds will be distributed to school employees in November.

                               Also, the school board:

  • approved the contract renewals of Desegregation Compliance Supervisor Darwin Lazard and Toby Doucet as Assistant Principal for another two years;
  • voted to advertise for the appointment of an LPN for Vidrine Elementary School.


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