Superintendent Hamlin gives report to board

By: CARISSA HEBERT

Managing Editor

Evangeline Parish School Board Superintendent Toni Hamlin did report in executive session to the board Wednesday on the comments she has received over the last few weeks in regards to calling a proposed tax millage to build a new high school in Ville Platte.

Hamlin said she expects the board to make a decision at one of the meetings in April. The information required to call for a millage on July 19, must be in the Louisiana Secretary of State’s office in early May. Because of the Easter holiday, the central office staff will not return until March 31, the day the agenda must be completed for the regularly-scheduled meeting of April 2. Due to this scheduling, the board has changed the first meeting in April to the second Wednesday of the month, April 9.

Hamlin said she received lots of information from the businesses, organizations like the chamber and Ministerial Alliance, individual meetings and the public hearing. She said all of this information was presented to the board.

“The board is going to make its decision to call an election with a particular plan in April,” Hamlin said. She does not know if it will be the original plan brought to voters in the fall election of 2007 or another version.

On Wednesday, Hamlin met with the faculty of Ville Platte High to discuss the status of the proposal and what the district is doing to prepare for its court date with U.S. Magistrate Tucker Melancon and the U.S. Justice Department July 24, and July 25. She said the staff had requested the meeting to learn the district’s options.

The district believes if a new school is not approved by voters, Ville Platte High will be closed from all indications it has received in this desegregation case. Hamlin said the district is preparing for the upcoming election, for its court meeting with the judge and the possibility Ville Platte High School may close in August. If the millage is approved by voters in July, the court hearing will be canceled.

She said the district has some busy months ahead as the school year of 2007-2008 winds down.

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