Most Evangeline Parish public schools to open Monday
By: MICHAEL BORDELON
With Evangeline Parish slowly recovering from Hurricane Gustav, the majority of Evangeline Parish schools will open Monday, September 8.
At press time Saturday, 11 of the 12 parish schools were scheduled to open, with Bayou Chicot remaining closed due to sewage problems, according to Evangeline Parish School Board Superintendent Toni Hamlin. However, Hamlin also urged parents to listen to KVPI 92.5 FM Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m., as circumstances may change over the weekend.
Hamlin also stated buses will be up and running Monday as well, but some roads may remain impassable for these buses. First Student will be responsible for designating a road as passable or impassable, she said. For those who may be on one of these roads, Hamlin asked for patience as storm recovery continues. She said buses will travel these roadways once they are deemed safe for transporting children. While there were no reports of which roads are currently impassable, those details may be announced on the radio show Sunday.
For those towns with boil advisories in effect, such as Ville Platte and Basile, Hamlin said the school board is working closely with the Evangeline Parish Police Jury to distribute bottled water to schools in those areas.
As far as physical state of parish schools, Hamlin said the storm caused only minor damage and would not affect the reopening.
The Gazette reached a school board member of Christian Heritage Saturday morning, September 6. Classes are scheduled to resume Monday unless some unknown problem arises.
Sacred Heart Elementary and High School will be back in school Monday, September 8, according to Andrew Ducote. The school does have bottled water, but if the city remains under a boil advisory, students may want to bring water with them to school.
In other school openings, classes will resume at Louisiana Technical College Charles B. Coreil Campus Monday, September 8, as well. The Evangeline Community Action Agency’s Head Start classes are scheduled to resume Tuesday, September 9, and transportation will be available.
For the latest information or changes to the school schedule, tune into KVPI at 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon, or visit www.villeplattetoday.com, which will provide the latest schedule information Sunday evening for parents’ convenience.