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  • Lafayette School Board Discusses Charter Schools Play Video

    May 10, 2014 11:57 PM

    Today Lafayette Parish School Board Members met for a round table retreat to discuss controversial topics concerning the school system. One of these topics being: New Charter Schools arriving to Lafayette Parish. These charter schools were denied by the school board at first, but then appealed by filing type two... more »
  • Lafayette board reviewing auditor's questions

    March 10, 2014 7:30 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Parish School Board's executive committee is considering how to respond to an external auditor's questions about discrepancies in the school district's salary schedule relative to the pay of some principals. The Advocate reports the audit found that some employees were hired at a rate... more »
  • Flood board nominating panel eyes Jindal bills

    March 6, 2014 7:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board - a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies - is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence. Thursday's agenda for the panel's meeting in New Orleans... more »
  • Calcasieu board discusses superintendent search

    February 26, 2014 9:45 AM

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The Calcasieu Parish School Board held its second special committee meeting to iron out details for the search for a new superintendent. The committee approved a draft packet Tuesday, which included a tentative job announcement, application forms, online postings, and print advertising costs and schedules.... more »
  • Board to again consider 'Big Oil' lawsuit

    November 21, 2013 6:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A south Louisiana flood control board is again taking up the issue of a lawsuit against oil and gas companies over coastal wetlands loss. A resolution to re-affirm the lawsuit - and a competing resolution to stop action on it - were on the agenda released... more »
  • Fox leads La. travel promotion board

    August 26, 2013 8:50 AM

    WHITE CASTLE, La. (AP) - Marion Fox is the new chairman of the executive board of the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association. Fox is with the Jefferson Davis Tourist Commission. Other new officers are Renee Areng, Visit Baton Rouge, vice chairman; Linda Curtis-Sparks, Sabine Parish Tourist Commission, secretary; Phil Frost, Baton... more »
  • Baker wants seat on CATS board

    August 8, 2013 7:47 AM

    BAKER, La. (AP) - Baker officials say it's time that their city's interests are represented on the parish bus system's board of directors. And now that the Capital Area Transit System has two vacancies to fill as a result of recent resignations, some see it as a perfect opportunity to... more »
  • Zachary board bans employee flip-flops

    July 26, 2013 7:37 AM

    ZACHARY, La. (AP) - Employees of the Zachary Community School District will not be allowed to wear rubber clogs or flip-flops on the job beginning in the 2013-14 school year. The Advocate reports the school board voted unanimously Thursday to approve changes to the employee dress code, which also included... more »
  • Central board seeks to continue property tax

    July 23, 2013 10:13 AM

    CENTRAL, La. (AP) - On Nov. 16, voters in Central will get a chance to decide whether to let the school district sell $13.1 million in construction bonds, with about $8.1 million dedicated to Central High School. The Advocate reports the Central School Board voted unanimously Monday to place this... more »
  • Rapides board expects increased costs to budget

    July 19, 2013 8:31 AM

    ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - The Rapides Parish School Board is preparing its $183 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Finance Director Liz Domite expects budget increases when it comes to costs of retirement and hospitalization, as well as other additions like $500,000 for textbooks and $570,000 for staff reorganization.... more »
  • La. Gaming Board Chairman Dies

    June 24, 2013 8:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State police say Dale Hall, chairman of the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, died Saturday at his home while recovering from surgery last month. State Police Superintendent Mike Edmonson says the 56-year-old Hall retired from the State Police with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He also... 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 »
  • Iberia board gets mixed news on revenue front

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Special Assistant Salary Source Questioned After Funding Eliminated

    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 »
  • Advisory board needs volunteers

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Assistant hire continues driving drama at LPSS

    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 »
  • Board to select superintendent semifinalists

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Lafayette board approves water restriction

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Lafayette board to consider school projects

    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 »
  • Indicted school official attends board meeting

    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 »
  • Rapides board may abolish no retention policy

    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 »
  • Board considers reinstatement of supply allowance

    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 »
  • Rapides board appoints interim superintendent

    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 »
  • St. Landry board sets salary range for new chief

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Board: BP missed the big hazard issues in spill

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • LSU Board Urged to Cut Some Efforts to Aid Others

    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 »
  • Evangeline board extends superintendent's contract

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • School cuts approved by Tangipahoa board

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • St. Landry board considers options for insurance

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Board members oppose program changes

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Ethics board could gain appeal power

    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 »
  • Ex-school board chief indicted in theft case

    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 »
  • Agency board continues aging probe

    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 »
  • Iberia board votes to consolidate schools

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Baton Rouge board to form school safety panel

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Ex-director: Monroe airport needs its own board

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • New fire board to meet in Houma

    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 »
  • Iberville board selects ex-teacher for vacant seat

    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 »
  • St. Martin Board Approves School Bond Proposal

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Citizens board hires attorney to dispute judgment

    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 »
  • Board to study Citizens dispute

    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 »
  • West Feliciana board hires director

    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 »
  • BR board backs renovation project at Istrouma High

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Martin named to Board of Regents

    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 »
  • BR board delays selection of supt. semifinalists

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • High-profile races shape up for little known board

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Terrebonne board to evaluate superintendent

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • St. Helena board backs new superintendent

    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 »
  • Board pulls low bid for Gonzales school

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 3 Named to UL System Board

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • 3 Sworn in on UL Board

    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 »
  • 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.
  • Gambling board gets presentations on casino

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Education board considers new biology textbooks

    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 »
  • Pointe Coupee Board Addresses School Dress

    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 »
  • Lafayette Housing Authority Board members met Wednesday

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Joe Dennis has called a meeting of the LHA Board

    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.
  • New board running New Orleans' railroad system

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Announced

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • LHA meeting flops

    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 »

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