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 »
April 18, 2013 8:43 AM
NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - The Iberia Parish School Board held a slightly more optimistic view of its fiscal status than it did in February after reviewing revenue figures for March. The Advocate reports the school board was presented Wednesday with a side-by-side comparison of the months of March 2012... more »
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 »
March 21, 2013 6:33 PM
There are many questions, as to how a special assistant to the Lafayette Parish Superintendent will be paid or even if he still has a job.
This after the Lafayette Parish School Board voted to eliminate funding for Thad Welch's job. By a vote of five to four, the... more »
March 18, 2013 9:16 AM
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - The Lafourche Office of Community Action is seeking residents to serve on its advisory board. The Courier reports there are five seats to be filled by those who can provide input into the office's mission. The office administers programs to low-income residents of the parish. The... more »
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 »
March 5, 2013 6:33 PM
While Lafayette Parish Public Schools Superintendent Pat Cooper has repeated his support for Special Assistant Thad Welch, the hiring of his former school maintenance and transportation director from McComb, Miss., has raised questions among school board members, especially after they learned that Welch does not have a high school diploma... more »
March 1, 2013 9:05 AM
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Rapides Parish School Board is expected to select 10 semifinalists to become the district's next superintendent at a special meeting on Monday. Applications for superintendent of Rapides schools will become public at the meeting after the Board receives them from the private search firm the... more »
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 »
December 21, 2012 8:55 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A yearlong legal battle over Lafayette's contract to provide water to the neighboring city of Broussard escalated this week. The Advocate reports the Lafayette Public Utilities Authority voted on Tuesday to authorize the administration to deny all requests for additional water service from Broussard. Broussard officials... more »
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 »
November 27, 2012 9:12 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Parish School Board is set to make a decision on how to spend $30 million in bond money at its Wednesday meeting. A recommendation on how to spend the money included projects to alleviate overcrowding at two Youngsville schools and major building projects and... more »
November 2, 2012 7:39 AM
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - A St. Landry Parish School Board member attended his first meeting following his indictment by a federal grand jury last month in a conspiracy to extort money in exchange for his vote for a new school superintendent. Board member Quincy Richard Sr., who was indicted Oct.... more »
October 4, 2012 8:48 AM
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Rapides Parish School Board may abolish the district's no retention policy for students in kindergarten through third grade. After a lengthy discussion at this week's board meeting, the matter was sent to the Board's education committee for review. The Town Talk reports the policy was... more »
October 2, 2012 9:18 AM
MONROE, La. (AP) - The finance committee of the Ouachita Parish School Board will recommend the board reinstate a $75 classroom supply allowance for teachers, despite the $98,000 cost to the district. The News-Star reports the supply allowance was one of many items that were cut or suspended to allow... more »
September 25, 2012 7:57 AM
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Rapides Parish School Board has named an interim superintendent for the school district. At a special meeting Monday night, The Town Talk reports the board voted 5-4 to hire Gerald Woodard, a former superintendent of Grant Parish School District. Woodard retired in June 2000 after... more »
August 3, 2012 7:45 AM
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The St. Landry Parish School Board has set a salary range and established an application deadline for the position of school superintendent. The Advocate reports only seven of the 13 board members were present Thursday when the board unanimously voted to pay the next superintendent from... more »
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 »
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 »
July 24, 2012 7:26 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - BP focused too much on the little details of personal worker safety instead of the big systemic hazards that led to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill and wasn't as strict on overall safety when drilling rigs involved other companies that they hired, a government safety... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
June 10, 2012 7:57 PM
A member of Louisiana State University's governing board says it may be wise for the system to avoid across-the-board budget cuts. Faced with a 6.8 percent cut to state funds, board member Stephen Perry of New Orleans said it might be better to cut specific programs deeply, instead of just... more »
May 24, 2012 11:23 AM
VILLE PLATTE, La. (AP) - The Evangeline Parish School Board has shown its appreciation to Superintendent Toni Hamlin by unanimously approving a two-year extension of her contract, which was due to expire in December. Ville Platte Mayor Jennifer Vidrine said she wanted to publicly thank Hamlin, the board and the... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
April 18, 2012 7:27 AM
AMITE, La. (AP) - The Tangipahoa Parish School Board has approved the continuation of a package of one-year cuts that should save the system $2 million during 2012-13. The Advocate reports the cuts include suspending professional leaves, most medical leaves and not awarding annual pay increases known as step raises.... more »
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 »
April 12, 2012 10:36 AM
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The St. Landry Parish School Board has voted to begin receiving quotes for the district's property, casualty and liability insurance coverage. The Advocate reports board attorney Gerard Caswell recommended Wednesday that school system officials request paying the insurance premiums incrementally rather than in one annual payment... more »
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 »
April 6, 2012 11:00 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Two Lafayette Parish School Board members say they aren't happy with Superintendent Pat Cooper's plan to change the mission of the district's newest high school, Thibodaux Career and Technical High School. The Advocate reports board members Mark Allen Babineaux and Rae Trahan said Wednesday that they... more »
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 »
April 4, 2012 9:45 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state Board of Ethics lost its power to enforce various ethics laws four years ago. Now, the board only investigates ethics complaints. If it decides a violation has occurred, it makes its case to a panel of administrative law judges. The board cannot appeal... more »
March 30, 2012 10:06 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The former executive director of the Louisiana School Boards Association is accused of helping a longtime employee conceal her alleged theft of money from the statewide association. The Advocate reports an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury indicted Nolton J. Senegal Sr. of Rayne Thursday... more »
March 26, 2012 8:10 AM
HOUMA, La. (AP) - The Terrebonne Council on Aging's personnel committee will hold a meeting this week to continue its investigation into allegations of misconduct a former employee has leveled against the agency's executive director. Janell Brierley, who served as the council's transportation and nutrition supervisor for less than a... more »
March 22, 2012 10:42 AM
NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) - Despite calls from parents to keep Jeanerette Middle School open, the Iberia Parish School Board has voted 8-4 to merge the middle school with Jeanerette Senior High. Felicia Hearst, Jeanerette Middle School custodian and a parent of a former student at the school, said on... more »
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 »
March 2, 2012 8:24 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board is forming a school safety task force to identify and implement procedures to ensure schools are safe from violence. Board member Jerry Arbour requested the creation of the task force at this week's school board meeting, citing recent... more »
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 »
February 20, 2012 9:29 AM
MONROE, La. (AP) - Monroe Regional Airport is the only commercial airport in the state that doesn't have an independent board or airport authority to oversee its operations. The News-Star reports the airport's former director believes an independent board could more effectively manage its operations. The City Council years ago... more »
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 »
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 »
February 6, 2012 10:47 AM
HOUMA, La. (AP) - The new Bayou Cane Fire District board is expected to approve a budget when it holds its first meeting on Monday night in Houma. The Courier reports the board was appointed by the Terrebonne Parish Council in January. It oversees a department that protects 27,000 people.... more »
February 3, 2012 9:17 AM
PLAQUEMINE, La. (AP) - The Iberville Parish School Board has named a former teacher with 15 years of service to fill the board's vacant District E seat. Superintendent Ed Cancienne tells The Advocate the board chose Pauline Higdon Wednesday to replace board member Paul Distefano, who resigned last week. Higdon... more »
February 2, 2012 8:03 AM
BREAUX BRIDGE, La. (AP) - The St. Martin Parish School Board has voted to refinance $2.6 million in bonds by authorizing the issuance of new bonds to pay off the 2003 issuances at a taxpayer savings of $116,000. The move would reduce interest rates from a variable rate of up... more »
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 »
February 1, 2012 5:55 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The governing board of Louisiana's property insurer of last resort agreed Tuesday to a $500,000 contract with a law firm to lodge a challenge with the U.S. Supreme Court of a $93 million judgment against the company. The Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. was found... more »
January 31, 2012 10:08 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The governing board of Louisiana's property insurer of last resort holds a special meeting Tuesday to discuss a $100 million-plus dispute. On Monday, a judge stopped attorneys trying to seize money from Citizens for homeowners who claimed that Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. dragged its... more »
January 24, 2012 10:46 AM
ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (AP) - West Feliciana Parish's Economic Development Board has voted to hire an economic director, moments after the parish Police Jury approved a new resolution of authority for the board. The Advocate reports the board hired Dennis A. Manshack of Baton Rouge Monday to be the parish's... more »
January 20, 2012 10:35 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has approved spending $586,000 to renovate classrooms on the second floor of Istrouma High School. Just two months ago, the board voted to delay the construction at the high school over the objections of Superintendent John Dilworth. The... more »
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 »
January 9, 2012 10:01 AM
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Governor Bobby Jindal has appointed Roy O. Martin III of Alexandria to the Board of Regents, the state's higher education policy and coordinating board. Martin replaces Mary Ellen Roy of New Orleans, whose term has expired. Martin is the president and chief financial officer for Roy... more »
January 6, 2012 10:16 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board has postponed until next week selecting semifinalists from the pool of 43 candidates vying for the position of superintendent. School Board President Barbara Freiberg said at Thursday night's executive session that PROACT, the search firm hired by the... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
September 5, 2011 10:54 AM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Elections for state school board seats are usually low-profile events, but this year they are shaping up as a balance-of-power battle that could hobble or speed up Louisiana's move toward charter schools, while settling a stalemate over who should be the next superintendent of education. Three... more »
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 »
June 27, 2011 9:17 AM
HOUMA, La. (AP) - The Terrebonne School Board will review the performance of Superintendent Philip Martin at a special meeting Tuesday. Board President L.P. Bordelon tells The Courier the meeting is required by law to scrutinize the head official's performance. Each board member will fill out a review sheet, rating... more »
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 »
June 17, 2011 9:20 AM
GREENSBURG, La. (AP) - The St. Helena School Board has given new Superintendent Kelli Joseph her first major victory, voting to replace four senior administrators and remove the lone elementary school's principal. Joseph say Curriculum Supervisor Nedra Payne, Supervisor of Transportation/Child Welfare Vereta Lee and Title I Supervisor Inez Jackson... more »
June 9, 2011 10:44 AM
DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) - The Ascension Parish School Board has rejected a low bid for major renovations to Gonzales Primary School, voting to pull the bid from the consent agenda. Chad Lynch, director of Planning and Construction for the school system, said the bid, at $7.77 million, came in nearly... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
February 16, 2011 8:42 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has appointed three new members to the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. The governor made the announcement on Tuesday. The three new appointees are former state Sen. Louis Lambert, of Prairieville; oil and gas businessman David Guidry, of New Orleans;... more »
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 »
January 8, 2011 10:57 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two new members have taken their posts on the governing board of the University of Louisiana system, while another has started another term. During the board's Friday meeting in Baton Rouge, Carl Shetler, of Lake Charles, began his new six-year term. He has been on... more »
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. more »
December 16, 2010 8:24 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Three companies applying for the state's last available riverboat casino license are proposing projects in Jefferson Parish and Lake Charles. The applicants made their presentations to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board on Thursday. Penn National Gaming Inc. is proposing a second casino in the New... more »
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 »
December 7, 2010 9:29 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state's education board is considering whether to approve new high school biology textbooks for public school students, in a debate tied up in complaints about the teaching of evolution. Critics of the books have said they fail to explain the many scientific challenges to... more »
November 19, 2010 7:44 AM
NEW ROADS, La. (AP) - The Pointe Coupee School Board has amended its existing policies to address students wearing sagging pants and the use of corporal punishment. The amended corporal punishment policy says that students and parents must be informed of the policy at the beginning of each school year.... more »
October 21, 2010 6:50 AM
Three Lafayette Housing Authority Board members met for the first time Wednesday since being reinstated. Joe Dennis, Leon Simmons and John Freeman heard from auditors who drafted the unfavorable report for the housing authority. That report led to most of the board members being dismissed by city Parish President Joey... more »
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 »
October 20, 2010 10:55 AM
Ousted housing authority board member Joe Dennis is calling a meeting of the Housing Authority Board today.
Joe Dennis wants the board to meet in the agency's office. KATC is told, the accountant who conducted the controversial audit that sparked the upheaval is supposed to be there.
October 12, 2010 10:23 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A new board is now running the City of New Orleans' railroad system. The first meeting of the all-new board for the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad met Tuesday evening. Mayor Mitch Landrieu called for a complete overhaul after reports of lavish spending by the railroad's... more »
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 »
October 7, 2010 5:08 PM
Lafayette, LA --- City-Parish President Joey Durel today announced the appointment of six individuals to the Board of Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Lafayette.
"I am pleased to announce that Amos Batiste, Kevin Carrier, Gregory Dugas, Mary Guidry, Penny Malbrew, and Shirley Vige have agreed... more »
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 »
September 30, 2010 8:08 PM
Three former LHA commissioners held a public meeting on Thursday as if they were never removed. "There's a pending issue," LHA Attorney Daniel Stanford said. "Three of the individuals are filing a petition in district court that they are in fact board members." A *pending* issue that didn't stop John... more »
September 28, 2010 7:40 PM
Three ousted Lafayette Housing Authority commissioners say they're going back to work for HUD. A district judge decided former commissioners Joe Dennis, Leon Simmons and John Freeman should remain board members until their appeals process is completed. It's all summed-up an 80-page judgement. After reading the judgement, former city attorney... more »
September 21, 2010 5:57 PM
Lafayette council members will hear from three men dismissed last month from the Lafayette housing authority board tonight.
Joe Dennis, John Freeman Jr and Leon Simmons are listed on the council agenda.
They say they were unfairly let go following a questionable audit of the housing authority.
... more »
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 »
August 30, 2010 7:33 PM
A protest at the Lafayette Housing Authority Monday defended the actions of LHA board members. This comes after a recent audit found more than $400,000 in misused funds. Nearly a dozen protesters made their opposition to Parish President Joey Durel's decision known. They want six African American housing authority board... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 www.lwv-lafayette.org , 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 »
August 9, 2010 8:54 AM
VILLE PLATTE, La. (AP) - The Evangeline Parish School Board has approved extending the contract of Superintendent Toni Hamlin for another two years. Hamlin said her goal is to achieve a unitary status designation from the federal courts by June 2012 in connection with the 45-year-old desegregation case. Unitary status... more »
August 6, 2010 5:59 PM
Press Release: The La. Board of Ethics (BOE) recently filed charges against the following officials alleged to have violated the state's Code of Governmental Ethics, Campaign Finance Disclosure Act, or Lobbyist Disclosure Acts: Larry Elkins (2009-120), John Lemoine (2009-684), Rob Marionneaux (2009-807), Thomas Robichaux (2010-585), Ulysses "Bones" Addision (2010-587), Bruce... more »