Board to purchase more bus cameras

By Shantelle Breaux

ONLINE EDITOR

CROWLEY – Monday evening’s meeting of the Acadia Parish School Board began with a recognition of the excellent School Performance Scores earned by students at Midland High School.

Midland has been one of five schools in the state whose School Performance Scores have grown every year since 2003. Their score is now at 101.7.

Midland Principal Clyde Briley addressed the board and spoke about some of the things being done to improve student education. Students now attend school four days per week at Midland, with Friday being a day for tutoring those students that need it. With some of the students the tutoring is required, but Briley was proud to report to the board that now students, of which the school has around 300, are actually volunteering for the tutoring on Friday if they know they need to recover their grades. Briley also told the board about a mentoring program that has been put into place, with 11 or 12 students being placed under a teacher, or, as Briley has his own group also, the principal.

“I’m proud of our students,” said Briley.

Superintendent John Bourque stated, “Whatever we’ve asked them to do, Midland has done it, no questions asked.”

In routine business, the board accepted the low bid of $6,475 from Aucoin’s Trucking for labor for irrigation to be installed on a plot of land near Evangeline. A rice farmer is leasing the land from the board.

The board also approved the purchase of 20 more cameras to be placed on school buses. These 20 will be added to the 20 previously purchased by the board earlier in the year. Steve Jones, transportation supervisor, stated that the cameras have been working very well as a preventative measure.

The total cost of the 20 cameras will be about $20,000. This will bring the number of cameras on buses to 48, with 40 new and eight old cameras.

The next meeting of the board will be January 12, 2009.

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