Thanks to a donor who has thus far remained anonymous, Episcopal School of Acadiana has secured property to construct a permanent location for its lower school, PreK 3 through fifth grade. The lower school has been temporarily housed on the grounds of St. Barnabas Church since it was started in 2004; grades six through 12 are located at the main campus in Cade.
The 6-acre tract of land is on Kaliste Saloom Road near the Vermilion River and includes a 20,000 square foot building that is the former home of LAFCO Boat Company. The building will be renovated for the new school.
"After an extensive search and review process, we are proud to announce that this site feels right," says ESA buildings and grounds committee chairman and board member Court Ramsay. The property not only provides the space ESA needs for expansion but is also in the heart of Lafayette, says Ramsay, an alumnus whose family has been one of ESA's biggest financial supporters since its founding in 1979.
Architect Kevin Gossen has been hired for the project, and the school is in the process of interviewing contractors. ESA has formed a design committee comprised of trustees and faculty members and has named a committee to raise funds for the new school.
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.