Feb 12, 2012 2:19 PM by Sharlee Barriere

Education Summit Set in Lafayette

Public input on the direction of public education will be sought in a conference set Feb. 28 in Lafayette.

The Advocate reports ( the session will include community members, business leaders and educators.

Angela Morrison, chief of community impact for the United Way of Acadiana, said the program presents a "listening opportunity" for education leaders to learn about what issues are top priorities for residents and business leaders.

The summit will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Cajundome Convention Center and is sponsored by Acadiana Technical College, Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, South Louisiana Community College, the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and United Way.

It targets education in the eight-parish Acadiana area: Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary and Vermilion.

"We all need to get public education on our radar," Morrison said. "As we hear more and more about education reform, we all need to come to the table and understand what that means. think we all want to make sure that means quality education for every child," she said.

School system superintendents from the Acadiana area have committed to attending or sending a representative to the event, Morrison said.

Featured speakers include: Bill Fenstermaker, chief executive officer of Fenstermaker & Associates Inc.; Billy Stokes, director of the Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning; Gregg Gothreaux, president of the Lafayette Economic Development Authority; Rob Guidry, president of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce; Margaret Trahan, president of United Way of Acadiana; and ULL President Joseph Savoie.

Morrison said John White, the state's new school superintendent, has been invited.

Fee to attend the summit is $20. Registration is required at


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