Schools recognized for hard work
By Shantelle Breaux
CROWLEY – Schools in Acadia Parish that were recently named by the state as achieving Recognized Academic Growth or Exemplary Academic Growth were honored at Monday evening’s meeting of the Acadia Parish School Board.
Representatives from the schools were presented with flags from the state denoting their Exemplary status or their Recognized status.
The three schools which achieved Recognized status were Midland High School, Crowley High School and Martin Petitjean.
Four schools which achieved Exemplary status were Estherwood Elementary, Crowley Kindergarten, South Rayne Elementary and Iota Middle.
The award “comes from the hard work of a lot of people,” stated Crowley High Principal Steve Duplechin, who accepted the flag on behalf of his school.
The board accepted the Budget and Finance Committees recommendation to absorb the increased cost of student meals for the 2009-10 school year. The increase of $138,000 will come out of the general fund.
Acadia Parish Superintendent John Bourque complimented the board’s action, saying that the prudent act of “looking ahead to some rainy days” was now allowing the board to help parents out with the costs of student meals and school supplies for the upcoming year.
Architect William Ackal presented bids on various upcoming projects to the board. The board accepted low bids from E.L. Habetz Construction for the construction of a new library at South Crowley Elementary School, the re-roofing project at Midland High School, and the re-roofing project at North Crowley Elementary.
The low bids were $214,180 for the South Crowley library, $221,800 for the Midland High re-roofing project, and $184,483 for the North Crowley re-roofing project.
The next meeting of the Acadia Parish School Board will be held on July 6.