Mar 21, 2013 11:43 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck
In St. Landry Parish, the school board has a new member tonight after quite a whirlwind meeting.
The board went through three rounds of voting before choosing a new board member. The first two votes were deadlocked.
After discussing other items board member Randy Wagley interjected saying he may change his vote because he didn't want the state to step in. The board then voted 6-4 in favor of Donnie Perron to fill the seat left vacant after the death of Ronald Carriere. Perron was the interim superintendent over Saint Landry Parish School District just over a year ago before he left the position.
"To tell you the truth, the only thing I'm wishing for is that this board member is a board member that plans to work with the system, work with us, help us move the system forward, help us educate children, and help to bring these children to the next level," Anthony Standberry, St. Landry Parish School Board member said.
The other major issue discussed at Thursday's meeting was the future of Creswell Elementary, which is set to close in May.
The board decided all Creswell students will be assigned to Park Vista Elementary. Second, the building will also be used as an accelerated recovery program for 5th grade students who have failed at least once. And lastly, the school will be used as a virtual online learning center offering an alternative setting for 7th through 12th grade students who will work with an online educator.