Representatives of the central office from the Lafayette Parish School System are expected to be at the Capitol Tuesday morning during a joint House-Senate Education Committee meeting as the LPSS seeks to secure roughly $750,000 in grant money state Rep. Rickey Hardy, D-Lafayette, blocked at a meeting of the same legislative body last month. Hardy blocked the funding because he was upset that the school system had not contacted him ahead of time to express its interest in obtaining the grant. School system officials, meanwhile, say they were unaware that a request needed to be submitted. The funding is part of millions of dollars from the Louisiana Educational Excellence Fund derived from the 1998 tobacco settlement and distributed annually by state lawmakers to parish school systems, primarily for dropout prevention programs.
A Hardy staff member says it’s not a forgone conclusion that the first-term represenative, himself a former member of the Lafayette Parish School Board, will approve the funding. Expected at the meeting in Baton Rouge are Director of Curriculum and Instruction Louise Chargois and Chief Financial Officer Billy Guidry.
The meeting begins at 9 a.m. and can be viewed on-line at http://house.louisiana.gov/H_Video/2009/Nov2009.htm.
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.