New assistant principal at AMS

The School Board’s June meeting saw Sherry Baggett named Assistant Principal at Armstrong Middle and recognized students various achievements.

The Board unanimously voted to accept Baggett as Armstrong Middle’s new assistant principal.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of Armstrong,” said Baggett. Baggett addressed the Board briefly after being approved for the job.

“I’m hoping those of you here from Armstrong will believe in me and give me a chance. I have great ideas and I’m excited to get to work.”

The Board also passed a motion to allow Iota High to resend it’s assistant principal vacancy in place of a vacancy for instructional assistant. Douglas LaCombe was the only Board Member to vote against the motion, questioing the change because instructural assistants are hired by prinicipals instead of by the School Board.

But the night also belonged to several groups of students from Iota High, Rayne High and Midland High.

The board recognized FFA members from all three schools for their achievements in various competitions and events across the state. Iota High’s FFA Club also presented a presentation reveiwing the school’s annual Ag Expo.

Rayne High was spotlighted for its ProStart’s group performance. The group, which had to create a fictious restaurant from top to bottom including design, budgets, floorplans, etc., placed first at both the state and national level. The team of four girls, Destiny Knapp, Victoria Williams, Joli Angelle and Rebecca Palma, each received several scholarships totally about $40 thousand. The group’s facilitator and teacher, Kandice Dequent, was alson on hand.

The accolades for students didn’t stop there, however. Three Iota High students were recognized for placing in different “Writers Guild of Acadiana” contests. The students competed in poetry and prose competions, respectively.

Also, two students were honored for prefect attendance from elementary through secondary school. Michael Vincent, son of Elaine and Kenneth Vincent, of Midland High, and Evan Thibodeaux, son of Michael and Paula Thibodeaux, of Rayne High.

“It’s good to see so many students doing well in our parish,” said Superintendent John E. Bourque during his comments at the end of the meeting. “It’s a reflection of not only students but parents and staff at our schools.”

The next meeting for the School Board will be Monday, July 5, 2010

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