Board names new supervisors

CROWLEY – One thing was certain at the meeting of the Acadia Parish School Board Monday night, the end of one school year means preparing for the next in the parish.

It started with Antoinette Pete, coordinator of parent involvement, introducing and recognizing the Support Personnel of the Year for 2012-13.

“We would like to recognize and congratulate them,” she said.

Several of those named by their respective schools were on hand to be recognized before Pete recognized the winners at each schooling level. The elementary school Support Personnel of the Year was announced as Gregory Meche from Mermentau Elementary School; Judia LaCombe from Iota Middle School was named the middle school Support Personnel of the Year; and the high school Support Personnel of the Year was announced as Kim Fruge from Midland High School.

After all were acknowledged, President Gene Daigle congratulated those in attendance, especially the winners, and thanking them for their hard work.

Then it was on to routine items where, among other things, two new parish supervisors and approved contract renewals and school trips over the summer.

Superintendent John E. Bourque recommended that Bobby Hamlin be named the parish’s new secondary supervisor and Adrianne Vidrine as the supervisor of child nutrition.

Hamlin will take over for Dr. Doug Chance, while Vidrine will replace Ruth D. Miller.

While Hamlin joked about the big shoes he will have to fill, the board recognized the shoes that Hamlin leaves to be filled at Rayne High School.

“The only down side to this appointment is we are losing a very good principal at Rayne High,” said John Suire, board member.

The board also approved the addition of an agenda item and motion to allow the superintendent to advertise for a new principal at Rayne High School.

Both appointees thanked the board for their votes of confidence and look forward to the new challenges.

“I’m very glad to work in this parish,” said Hamlin. “It’s a great place to work.”

Hamlin has been in the parish for eight years.

Vidrine, who has also been in the parish for 28 years with the LSU AgCenter, will now look to help the parish youth in a new way.

“I, too, thank the board for this vote of confidence,” she said. “I’m looking forward to this new opportunity to serve [the youth] in the field of nutrition.”

The board also approved the contract renewal of AMI and Iota Middle School’s field trip to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., which will take place July 14-24, and Rayne High School’s HOSA Club’s participation in the National Health Organization Student Association Competition in Orlando, Fla., which will take place June 18-24.

These measures were approved unanimously at the meeting.

The school board will hold a special meeting June 20 prior to its committee meetings on the same day at 5 p.m. to approve the renewal of property insurance.

The next regular board meeting for Acadia Parish will be held July 2.

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