Students in Evangeline Parish are returning to school on Tuesday, August 13.
Abby Breidenbach was LIVE Tuesday morning in Ville Platte as schools across the parish begin the 2019-2020 school year.
Superintendent Darwan Lazard spoke with KATC about how teachers and administrators have prepared for the new school year.
Lazard says that he and his staff have been working since the end of the last school year to make sure this year is just as successful. That success began with a little more money for teachers and school programs.
"This board has done something outstanding that I don't believe any school board in the entire region has done," says Lazard. "They've given raises to our employees two years in a row."
Funds are also going to student programs including the culinary program at Mamou High School, additional courses at LSUE and SLCC, and the E-Clip Program that will be housed at the parish's technical school.
And Superintendent Lazard says he hopes this will help contribute to his ultimate goal of maintaining and building upon the school district's B ranking.
"Our theme for this year is 'One Evangeline: Together We Can, Together We Will'," says Lazard. "I fully believe that with the support of the Evangeline Parish School Board and personnel from every campus, that we will have a great school year in the parish."