The Lafayette Parish School System will host the first of two “visioning” meetings at 6 p.m. today to get public input in the development of a master plan for public-school facilities in the parish. The meeting will be held at J.W. Faulk Elementary School; a second public-input meeting is set for Thursday at Plantation Elementary.
The school board recently hired engineering/planning firm CSRS to conduct an analysis of the school system’s infrastructure and to create a long-range plan. The first phase of developing that plans begins with tonight’s public input. The process also includes meetings devoted to data on current conditions of Lafayette’s school buildings, and options for facility improvements both individually and district-wide. Those meetings span the 2009-2010 school year and wrap up May 4 and 6 with the presentation of the master plan. All meetings will alternate between Faulk and Plantation elementaries.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.