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  • Judge rules for Baton Rouge school board changes

    August 16, 2014 1:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A judge has ruled against residents trying to keep the East Baton Rouge Parish school board from shrinking to nine members from 11. The Advocate reports that state District Court Judge Tim Kelly ruled against claims brought by residents, clearing the way for candidates to... more »
  • East Baton Rouge School Board approves budget

    July 18, 2014 7:35 AM

  • Ex-DeSoto school board member now in halfway house

    March 5, 2014 5:44 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - A former DeSoto Parish School Board member has been moved to a halfway house as his sentence for distributing cocaine nears an end. The Times reports Bartholomew Claiborne, of Mansfield, was moved March 1 to City of Faith, a halfway house or residential center that aids... more »
  • Iberia school board sells 2 vacant schools

    February 26, 2014 7:03 AM

    NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - The Iberia Parish School Board accepted $250,000 for the sale of two of its old school properties, while another vacant school, Jeanerette Middle, is still on the market. Earlier this month, the Iberia Parish School Board accepted offers of $75,000 for the former Lee Street... more »
  • No special Lafayette school board meeting planned

    July 30, 2013 8:51 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Board President Shelton Cobb says there are no current plans to have a special Lafayette Parish School Board meeting this week to discuss the pending investigation into Superintendent Pat Cooper. The Advertiser reports the board voted 5-4 at its July 17 meeting to hire a Gretna... more »
  • Displaced Teachers Waiting on New Assignments

    July 25, 2013 6:27 PM

    The Lafayette Parish School System is still working to place more than a dozen teachers back into the classroom. In May, those teachers didn't have a set school they would be working in this coming school year. At the start of the summer, 56 teachers were without assignment.... more »
  • School Board president arrested in hit and run

    June 17, 2013 9:11 AM

    GREENSBURG, LA. (AP) - State police have arrested the president of the Livingston Parish School Board after a 21-year-old Mississippi man was killed in a hit-and-run in St. Helena Parish. Trooper First Class Melissa Matey says the accident occurred shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday when William Iasigi, of Liberty, Miss.,... more »
  • Investigation Continues at Krotz Springs Elementary

    May 17, 2013 12:07 PM

    The investigation into a substitute teacher allegedly assaulting a student at Krotz Springs Elementary continues today. Krotz Springs Police Chief Norman Mouille tells KATC he has called in another agency to assist in the investigation. Mouille says, "I want to make sure we make the right decision." A... more »
  • Alleged Assault Investigated at Krotz Springs Elementary

    May 16, 2013 7:35 PM

    Police are investigating an alleged assault at a St. Landry Parish school. A substitute teacher at Krotz Springs Elementary is accused of throwing the top of a desk across the classroom and flipping a student out of his seat. Both the school board and the police department wouldn't... more »
  • Patterson Could Receive New Junior High

    May 15, 2013 7:19 PM

    "Demolish and re-build Patterson Junior High" is an engineer's recommendation to the St. Mary Parish School Board. To re-build, the board is asking Patterson residents to approve a 15-mil property tax which would generate about twenty-one million dollars over the next twenty years. Cracked tiles, walls separating and... more »
  • Student Teacher Let Go After Speaking Out

    March 22, 2013 7:54 PM

    A student teacher at Carencro High is looking for a new place to teach so he can complete his degree requirements and graduate in May. Less than 24 hours after Derrick Comeaux spoke up about discipline problems, he was escorted off campus by police. "You need to get... more »
  • Board Member Questions Programs at Moss Prep

    March 20, 2013 7:35 PM

    A Lafayette Parish School Board Member is questioning whether a program designed to keep kids in the classroom at N.P. Moss Prepatory Academy is really working. He became alarmed after a recent visit to the school. School Board Member Mark Babineaux is questioning how effective alternative programs are at... more »
  • Questionable Hire Has Past Ties to LPSS

    March 6, 2013 7:36 PM

    KATC was the first to uncover, Thad Welch was on the payroll before officially being hired as the Superintendent's Special Assistant. In a KATC investigation, we uncovered before Thad Welch got the job as Special Assistant to Superintendent Pat Cooper, without a high school diploma, he worked for the... more »
  • St. Tammany school board sets bond issue election

    February 22, 2013 9:31 AM

    COVINGTON, La. (AP) - The St. Tammany Parish School Board has called a May 4 election seeking voter approval for a $135 million bond issue and expanding use of some tax money to include employee salaries and benefits. School leaders said the measures are necessary to support teachers in the... more »
  • School Resources Officers Work to Make Campuses Safer

    February 21, 2013 11:33 PM

    We've heard quite a bit about weapons on school campuses in the last few months across the nation and right here in Acadiana. From the start of this school year to last week, 46 weapons have been found on Lafayette Parish school campuses. Twenty-eight of those were weapons like knives... more »
  • LPSB Considers Private Company to Run Alternative Program

    December 12, 2012 11:26 PM

    The Lafayette Parish School Board discussed the possibility of bringing in a private company to run an alternative program in the parish. The program would be housed in portable buildings on the campus of the new N.P. Moss Preparatory School, however it wouldn't be part of the school. The... more »
  • School Board Proposing Safety Package

    December 12, 2012 7:43 PM

    The Lafayette Parish School Board is looking at a plan to make schools safer. The proposal includes installing cameras and alarm systems in all 42 schools. The plan also calls for six safety officers to add support to resource officers already on many campuses. All high school campuses... more »
  • Jindal pitches outsourcing to school board members

    November 8, 2012 5:20 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal is seeking to rally support from local school boards in his push to outsource a public employee health insurance plan. The Jindal administration says it sent out a letter this week to school board members, describing the nearly $7 million in savings... more »
  • E. Feliciana school board panel votes for layoffs

    October 11, 2012 8:47 AM

    CLINTON, La. (AP) - The East Feliciana School Board's Finance Committee has voted to support laying off enough school employees to offset a looming deficit resulting from a drop in enrollment. The recommendation to begin the layoffs effective Oct. 31 goes to the full board for consideration at a special... more »
  • East Feliciana School Board considers layoffs

    October 3, 2012 7:48 AM

    CLINTON, La. (AP) - The East Feliciana Parish School Board faces the possibility of laying off a school administrator, 10 teachers and eight support workers later this month to avoid a possible $800,000 deficit this fiscal year. The Advocate reports Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. on Tuesday presented a possible way... more »
  • Lafayette Parish Schools Kick-Off Another Year

    August 11, 2012 12:37 PM

    As buses roll in, so do the changes this school year. Lafayette High implementing a 90-day plan as a roadmap for the year, hoping to improve in every direction. "As far as community, school, academics, extra curricular, the school itself and the way we look." Principal Dr. Patrick... more »
  • School Board Absence Reports, Trahan Fires Back

    August 2, 2012 11:55 PM

    An update to a story from Wednesday night on Lafayette School Board member Rae Trahan. Trahan fired back at Lafayette paper "The Independent" at Wednesday night's board meeting after she was the cover story, titled "Absent-Minded." The article accused Trahan of in-action and in-difference when it comes to school board... more »
  • Sparks Fly at LPSB, Trahan Defends Herself Against Accusations

    August 1, 2012 11:34 PM

    Sparks flew at Wednesday night's Lafayette Parish School Board meeting. Board member Rae Trahan (District 9) fired back at Lafayette newspaper, "The Indpendent" after it ran an article called "Absent Minded." The cover story accused Trahan of not participating in school board business and not supporting schools in her district,... more »
  • Orleans Parish School Board to lay off 21

    July 13, 2012 7:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Orleans Parish School Board plans to lay off nearly two dozen employees, largely because of a drop in federal funding for low-income students and those with special needs. The Times-Picayune reported the list of staff losing their jobs includes four teachers. Interim Superintendent Stan Smith,... more »
  • Back to the Drawing Board for Lafayette Schools' Master Facilities Plan

    July 11, 2012 11:27 PM

    It's back to the drawing board for Lafayette Parish schools' Master Facilities Plan, after some school board members and the superintendent want to change what was already in place. The Master Facilities Plan was created a few years ago under the previous superintendent and administration. The board spent about... more »
  • Calcasieu Board Says No to Charter Transportation

    July 11, 2012 10:29 AM

    The Calcasieu Parish School Board has denied a request to provide transportation to two charter schools for the 2012-2013 school year. The Lake Charles Charter Academy Foundation has requested a partnership involving Lake Charles Charter Academy, Southwest Louisiana Charter Academy, and the district regarding transportation. The foundation says the law... more »
  • School board puts off Medicare shift for retirees

    July 10, 2012 7:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Retired employees packed the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board Office to oppose a plan to no longer offer supplemental health insurance to almost 2,700 retired employees and instead move them all to Medicare. The Advocate reports confusion and fear over the change among retirees... more »
  • Ascension school board investigates theft

    July 5, 2012 8:47 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) - The Ascension Parish School Board is investigating allegations that a former Donaldsonville High School secretary stole money from the school. Board members met for 15 minutes in executive session following Tuesday night's meeting to discuss the investigation. The Advocate reports former employee, Tremechia Shendrale Butler, of... more »
  • Iberville School board approves 4 new jobs

    June 13, 2012 7:31 AM

    PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) - The Iberville Parish School Board decided to create four new positions that will give the district a supervisor of technology and three new program directors at its two Math, Science and Arts academies. The Advocate reports the board was divided during Monday's meeting on whether or... more »
  • Livingston school board cuts sick leave

    June 8, 2012 11:51 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - The Livingston Parish School Board has voted to eliminate extended sick leave for all employees for the 2012-13 fiscal year, which begins July 1. Superintendent Bill Spear told the board Thursday night the move will save the district approximately $1 million. Under state Act No. 405,... more »
  • Monroe school board approves 3 charter schools

    May 30, 2012 10:29 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - The Monroe City School Board has approved three applications for charter schools. With a vote of 5-1 Tuesday, The News-Star reports the board approved Neville High School, Excellence Academy and Vision Learning Academy as charters. The schools must now work with the district to finalize contracts.... more »
  • Ouachita school board suspends sabbaticals

    May 25, 2012 10:06 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - The Ouachita Parish School Board has voted to suspend all sabbatical leaves except for catastrophic medical leave for the upcoming school year. The News-Star reports board members voted unanimously Thursday to suspend the leave as a way to cut costs for the 2012-13 school year. To... more »
  • LPSB Approves NP Moss Renovation, Considers Reconstituting Northside

    May 16, 2012 11:57 PM

    Lafayette Parish School Board took up two controversial issues Wednesday night as part of its turn around plan. The board moved forward with plans to renovated the NP Moss Opportunity School, formerly the NP Moss Annex. The renovations will cost roughly $3.5 million and will be completed over the... more »
  • School Board Moves Forward with Controversial Contract to Harvest Cypress Trees

    May 9, 2012 7:11 PM

    A St. Martin Parish School Board contract to harvest cypress trees in the Atchafalaya Basin is under fire. The board agreed to sell its timber rights for $98,500 to Good Hope Inc. earlier this year. The school board owns 640 acres in the basin and it plans to allow timber... more »
  • Caddo school board attempts to agree on cuts

    May 9, 2012 10:35 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Making changes is keeping Caddo School Board members at work as they struggle to approve next year's $493 million budget. Although the board approved a plan last month that cut about 33 kindergarten and first-grade teachers as part of a new staffing formula, members are trying... more »
  • School Board Approves Re-Organization Plan 5-4

    May 2, 2012 10:44 PM

    An overhaul of the Lafayette Parish School Board central office is currently in the works. Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper said at Wednesday night's meeting that he's "not playing games" with his turn around plan. Part of that plan, re-organizing the central office, passed with a 5-4 vote. Some of the... more »
  • Lafayette School Board Approves Turnaround Plan

    April 19, 2012 12:26 AM

    By a vote of 5 to 3, the Lafayette Parish School Board approved the so-called 'Turnaround Plan' for the school system. Through changes to academics, health/wellness, facilities & maintenance the goal is to bring the school system from its current 'C-rating' with The Department of Education to an 'A-rating' over... more »
  • SLP School Board Plans for Reduction in Force

    April 16, 2012 7:55 PM

    A $3.9 million deficit still looms over the St. Landry Parish School Board. In order to fill that gap administrators are putting together a Reduction In Force (RIF) plan. Interim Superintendent Joseph Cassmere will present the RIF plan to the school board Tuesday afternoon. Increased tax revenue and $800,000... more »
  • School board to select new superintendent

    April 11, 2012 8:24 AM

    CLINTON, La. (AP) - After narrowing the list of candidates to two, the East Feliciana Parish School Board plans to vote on a new superintendent Thursday. The Advocate reports board members chose Henderson Lewis Jr. of Violet, and parish interim Assistant Superintendent Edna Lusk Thomas of Baker, as finalists after... more »
  • Caddo School Board may hit budget reserves

    April 6, 2012 11:10 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Caddo Parish School District officials are recommending the use of $6.2 million in surplus funds to balance the 2012-2013 budget. The recommendation comes after parents expressed unhappiness with scheduling changes designed to save about $7 million. The Times reports that not all board members are happy... more »
  • Trial date set for Allen school board member

    April 4, 2012 10:57 AM

    OBERLIN, La. (AP) - A July 16 trial date has been set for an Allen Parish School Board member accused of stealing more than $2,100 from an area casino where he worked. The American Press reports 46-year-old Keith Welch of Oakdale pleaded not guilty last April. He was arrested on... more »
  • E. Baton Rouge school board to send layoff notices

    March 16, 2012 9:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The East Baton Rouge Parish school system is sending its 6,000-plus employees a letter letting them know they could be laid off to balance the system's books. The Advocate reports the school board approved a resolution Thursday invoking its Reduction In Force policy. The Reduction... more »
  • St. Landry Teachers Worry Their Jobs are On the Line

    February 27, 2012 11:20 PM

    A $3.9 million budget deficit still looming over the St. Landry Parish School Board. The Board and various committees held three meetings on Monday to address some of the issues pertaining to the budget and impending cuts. With such a deep budget gap, Interim Superintendent Donnie Perron said employee... more »
  • School Board Holds Hearing for NHS Teacher Accused of Simple Battery

    February 16, 2012 12:18 AM

    A Lafayette Parish School teacher, accused of simple battery, went before the School Board Wednesday night in a hearing. The teacher is Northside High School Coach Tawana Williams. In May of 2011, a student accused Williams of intentionally and forcefully bumping into her while walking on campus. The School Board... more »
  • St. Landry United Coalition of Educators Allege Severe Spending Issues

    February 14, 2012 12:51 AM

    At a public forum Monday night, the St. Landry United Coalition of Educators (SLUCE) outlined what representatives called wasteful spending and mismanagement of funds by the St. Landry Parish School Board. As we've been reporting for several months, the board is facing a nearly $4-million budget shortfall this year... more »
  • School Board Approves Northside H.S. Plans for Overhaul

    February 1, 2012 11:40 PM

    A landmark decision was made at Wednesday night's Lafayette Parish School Board meeting, as the board voted almost unanimously to move forward with plans to overhaul one of its worst schools, Northside High. The plan could potentially mean big things not just for Northside, but other schools down the... more »
  • Vermilion School Board approves flood project pact

    January 24, 2012 10:41 AM

    ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) - The Vermilion Parish School Board has voted 5-3 to approve an agreement with the Vermilion Parish Police Jury for flood mitigation at Erath High School and Erath Middle School. Board member Tony Fontana, who voted against the agreement, told The Advocat e he had questions as... more »
  • Laf. School Board Lightens Cell Phone Policy

    January 18, 2012 11:36 PM

    The Lafayette Parish School Board dealt with a cell phone policy that wasn't sitting well with many students and their parents at Wednesday night's meeting. Board members made the call to change that policy, and that means students will be getting confiscated cell phones back soon. With a split... more »
  • School board shies from major cuts... again

    January 18, 2012 10:54 PM

    St. Landry Parish Schools were expected to make about $1.3-million in cuts, preparing for a $4-million budget shortfall. Last week, the board tabled that vote and Wednesday night, the vote was delayed again as taxpayers voiced their opinions on this alleged mismanagement of funds. "I came here to say... more »
  • Iberia school board asks state to pick up bills

    January 5, 2012 9:10 AM

    NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - The Iberia Parish School Board has unanimously approved a resolution asking the Legislature to resume paying bills that it had left for the board to pay. The bills, also called unfunded mandates, are costs that the state imposes on local governments, which they are required... more »
  • Coalition Demands Financial Records from School Board

    December 9, 2011 7:34 PM

    In Saint Landry Parish, a newly formed group of educators is demanding financial records for the past three years from the St. Landry Parish School Board. This after at least one board member requested the same information. The Saint Landry United Coalition of Educators says the school board is... more »
  • Landry Slides into Finalist Spot for Superintendent

    November 23, 2011 10:26 PM

    The search for a new superintendent in Lafayette Parish hit another snag and board members are faced with re-evaluating its final three candidates. School Board members said they were surprised when one of the finalists, St. Mary Parish Superintendent Donald Aguillard, dropped out of the running. At a special... more »
  • Groups Recommend Top 3 Superintendent Finalists

    November 10, 2011 11:06 PM

    Lafayette Parish School Board is almost to the point of narrowing the superintendent search down to three finalists, after a lengthy meeting Thursday night. Thursday's special meeting was called to vote on how they would vote on the three finalists. But as soon as discussion got underway, a divide... more »
  • Evangeline school board approves operating budget

    September 8, 2011 7:28 AM

    VILLE PLATTE, La. (AP) - The Evangeline Parish School Board has adopted a new annual operating budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. Business Manager Amy LaFleur reported Wednesday that the school district anticipates $57.4 million in revenues while total expenditures are expected to be $58.8 million. Other revenue sources totaled... more »
  • Lafayette school board vote questioned

    September 6, 2011 7:16 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette Parish School Board member Greg Awbrey has requested a legal opinion on the board's 5-3 vote on Aug. 17 to include two residents in the interview and selection process for a new superintendent to replace Burnell Lemoine, who is retiring. Awbrey tells The Advocate at... more »
  • St. Landry Parish School Board contests legal fee

    August 30, 2011 9:11 AM

    OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The St. Landry Parish School Board has asked a federal judge to throw out a request for nearly $10 million in legal fees from an attorney who filed the original school desegregation lawsuit against the parish in 1965. Opelousas attorney Marion Overton White filed the request... more »
  • School Board Finalizes Superintendent Search Protocol

    August 17, 2011 11:24 PM

    The Lafayette Parish School Board hammered out a plan on how it will choose a new superintendent, but that decision didn't come without a few disagreements. It wasn't unanimous, and it wasn't simple, but the board did approve the superintendent search protocol in a 3 to 5 vote. ... more »
  • EBR school board debates hiring new superintendent

    July 22, 2011 7:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The East Baton Rouge Parish School has debated what kind of person it should hire for its next superintendent but will wait until Aug. 4 before making any decisions. On Thursday, the board also is putting off until then whether to hire a search firm... more »
  • Concordia school board votes for higher pay

    July 15, 2011 9:27 AM

    VIDALIA, La. (AP) - Concordia Parish School Board members have voted to increase their monthly pay to the state average of $650 a month. Board President Gary Parnham said he'd decline the additional $50 that would be allocated to him because of his position. The Natchez Democrat reports the board... more »
  • Livingston school board freezes pay

    July 8, 2011 10:33 AM

    LIVINGSTON, La. (AP) - The Livingston Parish School Board has voted 6-1 to freeze all district salaries and eliminate three work days for the 2011-12 fiscal year in a bid to cut costs from the financially strapped system. Superintendent Bill Spear tells The Advocate the moves mean that some employees... more »
  • Elem. Counselor Reinstated Pending Criminal Charges

    July 6, 2011 11:51 PM

    A Lafayette school counselor, on leave after suspicions of money laundering, was reinstated Wednesday night at the Lafayette Parish School Board meeting. But it didn't happen without opposition. Charles M. Burke Elementary counselor Chiffonia Jackson has been on unpaid leave since February after being arrested in January on suspicions... more »
  • Tax proposals on school board

    June 28, 2011 8:32 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Parish School Board is set to take action on tax proposals to fund $561 million in school facility improvements and possibly create a preschool-for-all program. The board will vote Wednesday on whether to seek voter approval on two tax propositions and the board will... more »
  • Lawsuit Filed in School Bus Crash

    June 26, 2011 11:39 PM

    In Iberia Parish, an update on a fatal motorcycle crash involving a school bus. It happened last month, when State Police say the driver of that bus failed to yield while making a left hand turn, hitting the motorcyclist, 25 year old Kirt Rebert who was pronounced dead at... more »
  • Board Ends Block Scheduling, Students Outraged

    May 19, 2011 4:34 AM

    Wednesday night, the Lafayette Parish School Board voted to end block scheduling at high schools in the parish. That scheduling format has been in place in Lafayette high schools since 2004, allowing students to take 4 classes each day, every other day. That allowed them the opportunity to take... more »
  • Pre-K Tuition Increases

    April 20, 2011 11:18 PM

    Lafayette parents could be paying more to keep their kids in Pre-K classes. The Lafayette Parish School Board introduced the tuition increase at Wednesday's meeting. Currently parents pay $330 a month for Pre-K classes. But the Early Childhood Programs department is asking board members to raise tuition to a... more »
  • Iberia Parish bus drivers asking for more compensation; board reluctant

    April 15, 2011 10:48 PM

    Iberia Parish school bus drivers are asking the school board to spend more cash to run their routes. The proposal cites increased operational costs (gas, break-downs) and the lack of bus attendants for pre-k students. The board asks, 'can we afford it?' "I love my job- every morning: get up,... more »
  • St. Martin Parish School Board Cuts

    April 7, 2011 7:18 PM

    The St. Martin Parish School Board is avoiding a financial crisis by making cuts to their staff. It's a move that is actually getting praise from teachers. "We were pleased with the results," said Latonia Cretian, a teacher at Teche Elementary and president of the St. Martin Federation of... more »
  • Charter School Stands a Chance in St. Landry Parish

    April 5, 2011 11:13 PM

    A new charter school is on the table in St. Landry Parish, but does it stand a chance with school board members? Directors presented them with a plan at Tuesday's meeting. This wasn't the first time St. Landry Parish School Board Member Charles Ross had heard a charter school... more »
  • Seven Parish Superintendents Meet with Legislators

    March 15, 2011 3:19 PM

    Superintendents and school board members from Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Landry, and Vermillion met with legislators today to voice their frustrations with the lack of public education funding. It's the first time superintendents and school board members from seven parishes met under one roof. All of them... more »
  • Bullying Stops With Me Meeting in Lafayette

    January 23, 2011 8:27 PM

    More parents, teachers, and students are aware of bullying after a free workshop this weekend. Rosalind Wiseman was the guest speaker at a bullying awareness session at N.P. Moss Middle School on Saturday. Her book was the inspiration for the movie "Mean Girls." The event was hosted by the... more »
  • LPSB Moves Forward with Plans to Renovate N.P. Moss

    January 19, 2011 11:30 PM

    Plans are getting underway for the transition of N.P. Moss Middle School to Thibodeaux Technical and Career High School. Wednesday night the Lafayette Parish School Board made a very preliminary, but important decision. The board authorized the administration to look for an architectural firm that would make changes at N.P.... more »
  • New School Board President

    January 5, 2011 7:00 PM

    Tonight three new members of the Lafayette Parish School Board were sworn into office. Board members then unanimously elected Mark Babineaux as school board president. This is the first time since 2007 the board has had a new president.
  • Drunk Driving Charges Still Pending for Bus Driver

    December 16, 2010 12:00 AM

    Drunk driving charges are still pending for a Lafayette Parish bus driver, leaving his job up in the air. The Lafayette Parish School Board tabled the motion to return the bus driver to work at Wednesday night's meeting. Kenny Mire was arrested in October 2009 for driving while intoxicated off-duty.... more »
  • St. Mary Parish Schools Boost Test Scores

    December 1, 2010 7:27 PM

    Saint Mary Parish students are steadily improving their academic performance. School officials are crediting technology embraced by the district a few years ago. St. Mary Parish Superintendent, Donald Aguillard, said "we really are building the capacity of the brain to be more effective in handling the information." Beginning in second... more »
  • School Board to Discuss Thibodaux High Location

    October 20, 2010 6:07 PM

    Tonight at the Lafayette Parish School Board meeting, the board will hear an introductory item on the permanent location for David Thibodaux Career & Technical High School. The board members have been given financing options and a Powerpoint about the proposed sites. Thibodaux Career & Technical High School is currently... more »
  • Baton Rouge school board scales back construction

    October 12, 2010 7:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A sharp falloff in sales tax revenue in 2009 is forcing the East Baton Rouge Parish school system to scale down hundreds of millions of dollars worth of planned construction between now and 2019. Superintendent John Dilworth released some initial proposals Monday calling, among other... more »
  • RESULTS Iberia Parish Election 2010

    October 2, 2010 11:46 PM

    Election results are in for Iberia Parish. Registered voters elected school board members in districts 4,6,10 and 11. Here's how the races turned out: Member of School Board -- District 4 4 of 4 Precincts Reporting Mary "Mel" Batiste-Davis (D) ... more »
  • Evangeline School Board Adopts 2010-11 Budget

    September 2, 2010 9:22 AM

    VILLE PLATTE, La. (AP) - The Evangeline Parish School Board has adopted a $63.4 million budget for 2010-11. Business Manager Amy Lafleur said it was a "break even" budget, which is considered good following reductions in state funding and a slow down in the economy. Superintendent Toni Hamlin praised school... more »
  • 13 School Board Candidates' Responses to Issues in the Races-Question 6

    August 17, 2010 4:41 PM

    COMMUNITY INPUT: The members of Lafayette City-Parish Council and the School Board have met quarterly for the past year on areas of common need and the School Board created a public coalition to assist communication about school facilities. When and how would you encourage intergovernmental and community involvement regarding major... more »
  • 13 School Board Candidates' Responses to Issues in the Races-Question 4

    August 17, 2010 3:44 PM

    PERFORMANCE: What programs/ approaches do you recommend to improve low performing schools and to increase readiness for school for preschool children? Lafayette Parish School Board District 9 Rae B. Trahan is running u nopposed (No response offered.) Lafayette Parish School Board District 2 Greg Davis All... more »
  • 13 School Board Candidates' Responses to Issues in the Races-Question 3

    August 17, 2010 3:28 PM

    STATE FUNDING: During the 2010 legislative session, Governor Jindal cut state funding for salary supplements for nationally certified teachers, counselors, psychologists, social workers, speech/language pathologists, and audiologists working in public schools. Jindal said local school districts can handle those costs. What is your position on pay from local funds for... more »
  • 13 School Board Candidates' Responses to Issues in the Races-Question 2

    August 17, 2010 1:52 PM

    F UNDING: The School Board is facing continued reduction in state funding. What changes, if any, would you propose for the 2011 and 2012 annual budgets for Lafayette Parish School System? Lafayette Parish School Board District 1 Mark Allen Babineaux is unopposed (No response offered.) Lafayette... more »
  • 13 School Board Candidates' Responses to Issues in the Races-Question 1

    August 17, 2010 1:26 PM

    FACILITIES: The Lafayette Parish School Board has approved a master plan that includes a schedule using today's costs for repairing, renovating, and replacing many of its schools. It has been vetted by the community. How would you implement the plan? Lafayette Parish School Board District District 1 Mark... more »
  • 13 School Board Candidates' Responses to Issues in the Races

    August 17, 2010 12:57 PM

    Voters can read all 13 School Board candidates' responses to issues in the races, along with their career and community service at , the website of the League of Women Voters of Lafayette. All of the candidates responded about the school facilities master plan, reduction in state funding,... more »
  • Parents Worried About Their Children's Safety on the Bus

    August 11, 2010 7:13 PM

    The start of the school year, has some parents in St. Martinville concerned for their children's safety. A few parents filed complaints about the same St. Martin Parish school bus driver last year. This year the driver is back on the route and they say they're not happy about it.... more »
  • Caddo Parish School Board Candidate Arrested

    August 4, 2010 4:23 PM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A Caddo Parish School Board candidate has been booked with felony theft and practicing law after being disbarred. Sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Chadwick says Ronnie K. Banks Sr. was being held Wednesday in lieu of $35,000 bond. She says a 70-year-old woman reported hiring Banks in December... more »
  • Court: School Board Not at Fault for Rape

    July 8, 2010 9:04 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that the Lafayette Parish School Board is not at fault for the claimed 2004 sexual abuse of a then-Lafayette Middle School student. The ruling reverses a 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal decision that said the board was partially at fault... more »
  • President Of Lafayette Parish School Board Will Not Rerun

    July 6, 2010 5:50 PM

    LAFAYETTE _ Carl LaCombe, president of the Lafayette Parish School Board and a member for the past 16 years, has decided he will not run for the District 2 seat again. "My job duties have changed significantly this year," LaCombe said. "I don't want my job to suffer, and I... more »
  • Franklin School Board Mulls 4-day School Week

    May 25, 2010 8:52 AM

    WINNSBORO, La. (AP) - The Franklin Parish School Board plans later this week to consider a proposal to convert to a four-day school week. Similar discussions are occurring in many school districts, including Union, Monroe City and Ouachita, in order to prepare for an expected revenue shortfall. The News-Star reported... more »
  • Thibodaux Tech High School

    May 13, 2010 7:01 PM

    Lafayette Parish High School freshmen can expect a new option this Fall. The School Board is opening a new school to add to their School of Choice Program. Applications are now being accepted for 8th graders wanting to attend Thibodaux Career and Technical High School . The school is... more »
  • Resources for Victims' of Bullying

    May 12, 2010 5:25 PM

    Being the victim of school bullying can make parents and children feel helpless, but there are places to turn to for help. Maxine Hamilton, the Safe and Drug Free Schools Supervisor for Lafayette, said “First thing I would do is go to an administrator and ask what resources... more »
  • Child left on School Bus

    April 6, 2010 7:08 PM

    A scary morning for a 5 year old boy who's now safe with his parents. He woke up sweating in a hot school bus, after about being left alone for 3 hours. The bus driver didn't realize the child never got off at Truman Montessori School. The child's aunt... more »
  • Bill Would Revamp School Board

    April 5, 2010 3:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Baton Rouge lawmaker is back again this year with his proposals to revamp local school board laws by limiting board members' authority and their elected terms. Republican Rep. Steve Carter of Baton Rouge has tweaked the bills after they... more »
  • Update: Lafayette Sex Assault Case

    April 2, 2010 6:39 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal in a lawsuit against the Lafayette Parish School Board over a middle school student's alleged sexual assault in 2004. The girl's family sued the school board after she reported being assaulted... more »
  • Lafayette Parish Teachers of the Year

    April 1, 2010 2:10 PM

    Outstanding teachers in are recognized each year for their hard work by receiving the Lafayette Parish "Teacher of the Year" awards. School Board members surprised three teachers with awards Thursday morning. The winner are: Julia Williams from Lafayette High School Debbie Reed from Broussard Middle School... more »
  • N.P. Moss Begins New Era

    March 19, 2010 1:57 PM

    It has been a long struggle for N.P. Moss Middle School in Lafayette, but their work is far from done. For months the school thought they may close to make way for a technical high school, but N.P. Moss is staying put, thanks in part to the help of... more »
  • Acadia Parish School Board Renews Superintendent's Contract

    February 25, 2010 6:04 PM

    The Acadia Parish School Board was called to a special session Wednesday, February 24, 2010 by President Lynn Shamsie. The board met for the specific purpose of considering the renewal of the Superintendent's employment contract. The special session was called to order by board President Lynn Shamsie. A roll call... more »

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