The Evangeline Parish School Board announced appointments of two principals, as well as other appointments but they did not decide on which proposition would be put forth before voters in November.
President Wayne Dardeau explained the board would enter executive session to discuss strategy in response to U.S. Magistrate Tucker Melancon’s court order, which was issued July 24. In that order, Melancon asked the district to put the tax proposition for a new Ville Platte High School on the November ballot. At an emergency meeting, Monday, July 28, the board agreed to place a proposition on the ballot but did not stipulate which proposition would be on the ballot. Dardeau told the audience the proposal would be announced at the board’s August 20, meeting. He said they would take no action after executive session Wednesday evening.
In appointments, Phillip Buller and Delores Miller both applied for the principal jobs at Chataignier Elementary and Bayou Chicot Elementary. Miller received the job at Chicot where she has served as interim principal. Buller received the appointment at Chataignier, where he has served as interim principal.
Penelope “Penny” McDaniel, principal at Ville Platte Elementary, was appointed Title One supervisor. The other applicant for the job was Esther Duffy.
Superintendent Toni Hamlin named Sally Moreau, assistant principal at Ville Platte Elementary, interim principal.
The top three applicants for secretary at Ville Platte High were LaChanda Alfred, Monique Deville and Kezia Moore. Alfred received the position.
After approving the executive committee meeting minutes of July 28, the board took action on three items. The board agreed to allow Hamlin and Amy Lafleur, business manager, to contact Kelly Services for a quote for staffing substitutes. They already have a quote from First Choice Staffing. In the second item, the board reviewed its ISS contract. ISS (Informational Systems Solutions) provides technology assistance to the school district. Hamlin said their proposal was for the same fees as the 07-08 school year. The board accepted this proposal.
The third item addressed by the executive committee meeting dealt with a preliminary sketch of the 2008-09 budget. Lafleur told board members the budget included salary schedules which reflected $1,019 increase for certificated personnel. She said there would be a non-recurring, one-time payment of $1,000 to all support workers in the parish, which includes paraprofessionals, secretaries, lunchroom workers, bus drivers (those employed by the school board) and custodial workers. She said this was state funded and funds will be received in October. At that time funds would be distributed to support workers.
Hamlin said assistant principal assignments would be adjusted in the future.