Retirees recognized at board meeting

It started with a reception prior to the Acadia Parish School Board’s July meeting and continued into the meeting itself with one common, overflowing sentiment – being grateful to the retirees of the school board for serving the youth of Acadia Parish.

Those who officially retired from the school board this year were honored with a reception and awarded a certificate then recognized at the board’s meeting Monday night during its opening items.

“Again, we want to thank (the retirees) for their service,” said Ellan Kay Baggett, executive director of personnel/operations.

The next opening item, however, was a bit out of the ordinary as one of this year’s retirees, Randy Miller asked to speak to the board.

Miller, an ag teacher most recently at Iota High, talked fondly of his memories of traveling with the students over the years for FFA trips and wanted the opportunity to not only thank the board for taking a chance on him years ago for a position as an ag teacher in Church Point, but for everything the board does.

“I’m proud to say I taught in Acadia Parish,” said Miller. “I may have not agreed with every decision the board has made or everything my principal has said, but if I ever disagreed with them, the next day it was back to business. That says a lot about our school system.”

The board then moved onto its routine items starting with the consideration of CHOICES for the 2014-15 school year. Maxine Trahan with the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office, and specifically CHOICES, spoke to the board stating she hoped everyone had a chance to watch this year’s edition and noted that filming would be moving back to Rayne this school year.

Trahan also noted that as the ACT will be administered on March 17, she requested the board name March 18-20 as CHOICES Week. Filming will conclude March 18 and the students and film will travel to the parish’s high schools March 19 and March 20. She also recommended that each board member visit their high schools during the airing. The motion to name March 18-20 CHOICES Week passed unanimously.

Jeannine LeJeune is the online editor for the Crowley Post-Signal. She can be reached at jeannine.lejeune@crowleytoday.com or 337-783-3450.

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