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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.

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