August 12, 2013 9:37 AM
On Friday, August 9th, Governor Bobby Jindal appointed longtime public servant Ronnie Jones to the Louisiana Gaming Control Board. Jones will serve as Chairman and an at-large representative, as required by statute. Jones fills the vacancy left by the untimely death of Chairman Dale Hall.
Jones began his state... more »
July 9, 2013 7:24 PM
More than one million dollars in improvements are underway in Lafayette Parish schools this summer.
Leading the charge to fix the schools is a man backed by the superintendent with a reputation for getting things done.
Thad Welch was named Special Assistant to Doctor Pat Cooper and his... more »
July 8, 2013 7:44 PM
Special Assistant to the Superintendent, Thad Welch is taking on more responsibilities in the Lafayette Parish School System.
You'll recall Welch's position came under fire from the school board after it was revealed he does not have a high school diploma. In January 2012, Welch started working as a... more »
May 14, 2013 7:12 PM
Four charter schools could soon be on the way for Lafayette Parish.
Wednesday afternoon, the school board will consider partnering with Charter Schools USA.
Like other charter schools, those with this company would run on private donations and some public funds. Charter USA requires parental involvement and teacher... more »
April 29, 2013 8:33 AM
CENTRAL, La. (AP) - Superintendent Michael Faulk has laid out his ideas on what the Central school system should do with 29 acres, which for decades served as the home of Central Middle School. The Advocate reports Faulk is proposing to spend $5 million to tear down six of the... more »
April 18, 2013 10:22 PM
A Carencro High teacher is screaming retaliation. He says he was suspended from his job after speaking out about violence inside the classroom.
Thursday morning, Jamal Taylor was escorted from the campus and now, his job is up in the air.
Taylor has a stack of paperwork documenting... more »
April 3, 2013 9:10 PM
Two Lafayette Parish School Board members are questioning the effectiveness of recent renovation projects at Northside High and N.P. Moss Preparatory Academy.
This comes after board members Greg Awbrey and Mark Babineaux attended a meeting at Northside High Monday. Though uninvited, it was the first time the members had... more »
April 2, 2013 6:59 PM
The Lafayette Parish School Board is looking to change its overtime policy after tens of thousands of dollars were improperly paid in overtime.
They are blaming it on a policy change eight years ago that they say led to employees mis-interpreting the policy's true meaning.
The human resources... more »
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 »
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 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 »
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 »
July 6, 2012 9:11 AM
EDGARD, La. (AP) - St. John the Baptist Parish schools Superintendent Courtney Millet will be leaving her post next week. The Times-Picayune reports Millet announced on Thursday that her last day with the district will be July 12. Millet said she will be accepting a position as director of instruction... more »
April 2, 2012 9:38 AM
The first Monday of each month, Superintendent of Lafayette Parish Schools, Pat Cooper, visits GMA.
Today's topic: The turn around plan "100 in 100 out". On Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 the plan will be open to the public at a community meeting. More details are available on the turn... more »
February 23, 2012 11:17 PM
Lafayette's Thibodeaux Technical High School is under the microscope and already the new school could be seeing some changes.
Even though Thibodeaux Tech is fairly new, new Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper said it needs a second look. It's all part of his sweeping changes he's taking Lafayette Parish.
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January 31, 2012 10:31 AM
The first Monday of each month, Superintendent of Lafayette Parish Schools visits GMA.
Check LPSS.com for more information.
December 20, 2011 11:55 PM
Dr.Pat Cooper seals the deal by officially becoming Lafayette Parish School System's new superintendent Tuesday. We caught up with him right after he signed his contract. He says now that he's official, he's ready to roll up his sleeves and start working. Cooper's initial plans are to tackle budget issues... more »
December 15, 2011 12:20 AM
In a special meeting Wednesday night, the Lafayette Parish School Board selected Dr. Pat Cooper as the top candidate for the superintendent job.
"I think it was his energy, his energy and his ability to get a lot of people to the table," said board president Mark Babineaux.
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December 13, 2011 11:55 PM
The Lafayette Parish School Board will select a new superintendent Wednesday evening. The final three candidates spent Tuesday evening introducing themselves to the community. After months of interviews, board members say Katie Landry, Walter Gonsoulin and Pat Cooper are their strongest candidates based on their track records.
Katie Landry... 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 16, 2011 12:11 AM
In a special meeting Tuesday night, the Lafayette Parish School Board narrowed down the list of candidates in the running for superintendent.
The top three candidates to replace Superintendent Burnell Lemoine are: Dr. Donald W. Aguillard, Dr. Pat Cooper and Dr. Walter Gonsoulin.
The board is expected to... 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 »
October 25, 2011 12:58 AM
It's been a turbulent week for the St. Landry Parish School System and tensions were high at a special meeting Monday, called to address leadership changes. The board gathered to appoint an interim replacement for Superintendent Michael Nassif, but yet another administrator's chair was vacant at the meeting.
Monday... more »
August 29, 2011 5:56 AM
TALLULAH, La. (AP) - The new superintendent of Madison Parish schools is excited and ready to hit the ground running. Lisa Wilmore was principal at a Monroe City elementary school when the Madison Parish School Board named her superintendent on Aug. 18. She tells The News-Star that her top priority... 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 »
August 10, 2011 9:49 AM
MANSFIELD, La. (AP) - The DeSoto Parish School Board didn't debate whether to give Walter Lee a 23rd year as superintendent. But The Times of Shreveport reports that there had been a lot of jockeying among board members in the days leading up to Tuesday night's 8-3 vote. Bartholomew Claiborne... more »
June 13, 2011 9:51 AM
MANSFIELD, La. (AP) - DeSoto Parish schools Superintendent Walter C. Lee is one of five finalists for this year's National Superintendent of the Year award. Lee joins finalists Linda Chapman of Estes Park, Colo., Scott Mercer of Boiling Springs, S.C., Reza Namin of Westbrook, Maine, and Mike Richie of Eagle... more »
June 9, 2011 10:50 AM
WINNSBORO, La. (AP) - Franklin Parish Schools Superintendent Lanny Johnson has changed his mind. School Board President Eddie Bryan tells The News-Star the board canceled its special meeting scheduled for Wednesday afternoon to accept Johnson's resignation. Mid-afternoon Wednesday, less than three hours before the meeting was to be held, Bryan... more »
October 4, 2010 10:58 AM
Superintendent of Schools, Burnell Lemoine was on GMA this morning giving a monthly update. Lemoine tell us about a grant the Parish is receiving. Watch the video to find out what the grant will be used for! more »
September 1, 2010 11:56 AM
LPSS Superintendent Burnell Lemoine's contract will be discussed at the Lafayette Parish School Board meeting tonight at 5:30. His original contract provides for the term to expire December 31, 2010. The LPSS may amend the contract to extend the expiration date of the contract to December 31, 2011. The salary... more »
August 5, 2010 8:46 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette Parish School Board has voted unanimously to allow its president to negotiate a possible contract extension for Superintendent Burnell Lemoine. The board evaluated Lemoine's performance Wednesday, giving the superintendent a cumulative average of 6.92, rounded to a 7 on an 8-point scale. Last year, the... more »
August 3, 2010 11:38 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Parish School Board will evaluate Superintendent Burnell Lemoine's performance at its regular meeting Wednesday. Lemoine's contract is set to expire Dec. 31, the same day the current board's term expires. The school board also will take its first look at systemwide salaries for the... more »
July 8, 2010 7:40 PM
Within weeks of each other--three veterans of the Lafayette Parish School Board announced their retiring. Between the three of them there's fifty-seven years of experience.
Mike Hefner, Edward Sam, and Carl LaCombe have all decided this is their last year.
LaCombe said, "Mr. Sam and Mr. Hefner getting... more »
February 24, 2010 8:06 AM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State Superintendent of Education Paul Pastorek has reversed course on the merits of a national certification program that adds at least $5,000 a year to teachers' paychecks. Pastorek touted the achievement last year as vital to creating a world-class education system. He said Tuesday that... more »
February 23, 2010 7:18 PM
St. Landry Superintendent Michael Nassif has a big decision to make if snow finds comes to the parish.
Nassif says his main concern is the ~2,200 faculty and staff members and the ~15,000 students at 39 sites.
He says, "some safety issues really come into play, want to... more »
February 22, 2010 11:36 AM
Acadia Parish School Board president Lynn Shamise has called a special meeting to consider the renewal of the superintendents' employment contract. The meeting will be held in Crowley at the school board office on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 5pm. more »