DO LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM OFFICIALS KNOW HOW TO USE A CALCULATOR?
It was interesting to see that the cuts suggested by the Superintendent's "School Support Team" didn't support the schools. It looked more like the suggestions supported the status quo at the central office. I didn't see any staff cuts at the central office or Vermilion Conference Center. Maybe the suggested attrition for school staff reduction could be used there, too. It seems like new offices and new positions are being added on a regular basis. Positions that do not directly benefit our students could be eliminated.
The individuals preparing and approving the school system budget should have known that our district would be receiving less money from the Minimum Foundation Program. After all, they have been doing LPSS budgets for a number of years now. This is certainly not the first time Lafayette has had a reduction in MFP funds. There should have been enough time to address this shortage before plans had been put in place for the next school year. The school administrators, teachers, and staff will have a lot of hard decisions to make.
Apparently there was a $2 million mistake made in sending information to the Department of Education concerning the number of special education and vocational students in Lafayette. This mistake has cost our district dearly. Do we have new people in the department that reports these numbers? That's the only explanation for such an error. Anyone dealing with school district records should know that the district receives more money from the MFP for special education students than it does for regular education students. It is crucial that reports dealing with state funding be accurate.
Frank’s Casing Crew, now doing business as Frank’s International, will make its final appearance on ABiz’s list of the Top 50 Privately Held Companies in Acadiana this year, and once again, it will likely be at the top with more than $1 billion in annual revenues. The 75-year-old company specializing in tubular fabrication and installation services to the oil and gas industry plans to go public this year.
The defeat, or rather highjacking of House Bill 420 in the final days of this year's Legislative Session, say Reps. Vincent Pierre and Terry Landry, is the result of the propaganda spread by one unidentified local media outlet and an unnamed former state Representative, but nothing to do with the original legislation's lack of checks, balances or details.
He’s a singer. A songwriter. A piano man. A family man. He’s even got his own Wikipedia entry. He’s David Egan. And he knows ancient secrets about the monolithic stones of Stonehenge that he’s not willing to share.