Sep 17, 2013 11:18 PM by Erin Steuber
Next month the St. Landry Parish School Board will have two new members. There are four candidates vying for the two open seats. One was left vacant after the death of board member Ronald Carriere in March. The other is John Miller's seat. He pled guilty to a federal bribery scandal back in July. Two of the candidates are already serving on the board in interim roles, but the other two are new to the game.
For the District 6 seat it's Donnie Perron, against Bambi Polotzola. Perron is the interim board member. He's a former coach and athletic director, who also served as interim superintendent of schools before quitting after a few months on the job.
"One of the things we need to do is be financially sound and be smart how we spend our money," said Perron. "We need to look to the future and make a long range plan."
Polotzola graduated from t. Landry Parish Schools and has two children in the district. She has a background in teaching and is an education advocate for the state.
"We need to focus on the future. Our children live in the present and we need to build their future and we need new ideas to move us forward," said Polotzola.
For the District 3 seat it's Faltery Jolivette against Milton Ambres. Jolivette is the interim board member. He's a graduate of St. Landry Parish, with children and grand-children in the district.
"My main objective is being a part of the school board and operating it as a business, because educating our children is a business and that's job one," said Jolivette.
As for Ambres, he's been in education for 36 years, the majority of those spent in St. Landry Parish, as a coach, teacher and principal.
"If we get our kids do just a little bit better that's what I'm there for," said Ambres. "That's my platform, to get the schools to be a little bit better than what they are."
The vote to fill these seats will be October 19th.
There will soon be another vacant seat on the school board. Quincy Richard was convicted last month for trying to sell his vote in the search for a new school superintendent. There's an interim-board member in the position right now and the seat will be permanently filled after an election as early as next spring.