School Board $100,000 richer

by Chris Rosa

The Vermilion Parish School Board is $100,000 richer thanks to a generous donation from Apache Corporation.

On Thursday, Offshore District Production Manager Jerry Bordelon presented the school board president Ricky LeBouef a check worth $100,000

The money will be placed in the school board’s general fund budget.

Apache Corporation is an oil and gas exploration company nationwide. The company has a district office in Lafayette.

“We are here to present a contribution to Vermilion Parish,” said Bordelon. “Vermilion Parish was affected by Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Ike. While each resident was affected, so was the school system.”

Bordelon said many of Apache’s offshore wells were also affected by the hurricanes. Many of those wells have workers who are from Vermilion Parish, he added.

“If we did not have Vermilion Parish employees we would be really be hurting.”

He said Apache relies on the parish’s school system to educate the children of Apache workers who are from the parish.

“Apache recognized that help was needed,” he added. “I am here to present a check to the School Board for $100,000.”

“The School Board appreciates the donation,” said Superintendent Randy Schexnayder. “We will put it to good use.”

It is the second time this week that Apache Corporation gave a donation to a public body in Vermilion Parish. The Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office was given a $50,000 donation check.

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