Buildings to be renamed
The Acadia Parish School Board voted on many items Monday night, but one gave them a great deal of pride.
By a unanimous vote, the Acadia Parish School Board’s central office and Title I Federal Program buildings will be named after the late Dr. John Bertrand and the late Sherman Wilson, respectively, to honor the men’s legacies in Acadia Parish education.
Bertrand is a former superintendent of schools for the parish and Wilson was a former supervisor of federal programs.
The school board’s central office, located at 2402 N. Parkerson Ave. in Crowley, will be named after Bertrand, while the Title I Federal Programs building, located at 2404 N. Parkerson Ave. in Crowley, will be named after Wilson.
As discussed at its February Personnel, Insurance and Curriculum Committee meeting, the board hopes to have plaques placed outside the buildings so that everyone would know of the great work the two men did for Acadia Parish upon entering the buildings that hold their respective namesakes.
The board announced after the vote that they will invite the families of Bertrand and Wilson to its next board meeting, set for April 7, for the formal presentation.
However, Bertrand’s wife, Ella Mae Simar Bertrand, was on hand Monday night, and thanked the board for the honor.
“What an honor,” she said; “very deserving.
“My family, my daughters, are very happy about this and thank all of you for doing this, and I don’t know who’s idea it was but, thank you so much.”
The board also adopted the 2014 Louisiana School Board Association’s legislative framework via a resolution and approved the bid of E.L. Habetz Builders, Inc., for the 2014 Fourth Ward/Iota classrooms project at Iota Middle and High schools. The contractor’s bid of $1,284,000 was the lowest bid and the board will look to approve a bid for the elementary schools’ classrooms in April.
On the motion of Board Member John Suire, the mid-year revenue revisions and projected revenues for the 2014-15 general fund budget were sent back to the Budget and Finance Committee after “new numbers” came into play recently.
Also approved Monday night by the board were:
• A motion to allow the superintendent to continue to pursue a performance-based energy efficiency proposal. The company will look at all buildings under the school district’s jurisdiction and present proposals to the superintendent and board upon their findings.
• Out-of-state trip requests from Rayne High School’s physics students and Mire Elementary’s Beta Club. The physics students will be attending the 2014 National Rube Goldberg competition at Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, Wis., on April 5. The Beta Club will be attending a Broadway show in Biloxi, Miss., on April 26.
Before adjourning the meeting, Superintendent John Bourque reminded board members to take the time to visit the schools in their district as they are all busy preparing for testing.
The board’s committees will meet Wednesday, March 19, and the full board will next meet April 7.