Students of the Year recognized by board
By Shantelle Breaux
CROWLEY – At Tuesday’s meeting of the Acadia Parish School Board, the parish Students of the Year representing fifth, eighth and twelfth grades were recognized.
Recognized as Student of the Year for the fifth grade was Colby LeJeune of Egan Elementary. Student of the Year for the eighth grade was Kyle Carriere of Richard Elementary, who was also chosen as the Regional Student of the Year. Student of the Year for the twelfth grade was Amber Stewart of Crowley High.
The students were all congratulated by School Board President Lynn Shamsie, who also wished them continued success.
The board passed a motion to give seven schools in the parish School Reward Money that the state cannot afford to pay as promised this year because of economic conditions. The four schools that qualified for the label of Exemplary Academic Growth will be given $2,000 each, and the three schools that qualified for the label of Recognized Academic Growth will be given $1,500 each.
Those schools labeled as Exemplary are Crowley Kindergarten, Estherwood Elementary, Iota Middle and South Rayne Elementary. Schools labeled as Recognized are Crowley High, Martin Petitjean and Midland High.
The total amount of money to be given out will be $12,500.
A motion increasing driver’s education fees was passed by the board. In a letter to Executive Director of Finance Mike Leonards, Doug Chance, supervisor of secondary education, recommended that fees be increased because the number of driving hours has risen and, due to this, the cost per student has risen also.
Chance recommended an increase of $275 per student, from the previous year’s rate of $225 per student.
According to Chance, around $3,750 will be generated from this increase in charges.
The board passed a motion from the Budget and Finance Committee to accept the 2009-2010 proposed textbook budget. The total amount to be spent on textbooks will be $314,987.56.
The board spent around 30 minutes in executive session discussing possible litigation stemming from a dispute over the Rayne High School track. When they emerged from the closed door session, they voted to accept legal council’s recommendation concerning the handling of the matter.
The track at Rayne High has been finished since around the spring of ‘08, and is not in use at this time, due to cracks over one third of the surface. The cost of the track was $343,120.
The next board meeting will take place on May 4.