Wednesday, November 17, 2010
The Lafayette Parish School Board made a sensible decision Monday night when it decided not to purchase the vacant Super Kmart site on Ambassador Caffery to serve as the future home of Thibodaux Career and Technical High School, voting instead to locate the career/tech school at N.P. Moss Middle. The public wasn’t given enough time to digest the monumental ramifications of placing a public high school on one of the busiest traffic arteries in Lafayette, and the next school board, which takes office in January, would have been saddled with a $50 million dollar undertaking even as more than $1 billion in other facilities needs loom. The cost of modifying the middle school to accommodate a career/tech school — $22.3 million — is substantially lower than retrofitting an abandoned big box store. Many questions remain on how the Moss transition will unfold, and there’s still the question of whether the state will take over the low-performing middle school. But passing on the Kmart site was not only wise of the board, it was responsive to community concerns.
As we applaud with one breath the outgoing school board not hitching the incoming board’s mule to a $50 million wagon, we sigh with the other for the N.P. Moss families, forced like a Donner party to face the prospect of eating their young. The haste with which the board shifted from buying the rusting, tumbleweed Super Kmart site to voting to locate the new highschool in Moss gave those families, who successfully opposed that option earlier this year and thought it was off the table, no time to acclimate themselves to the weather. A blizzard in a mountain pass. Even board member Hunter Beasley’s motion to simply defer the vote on choosing Moss to Wednesday — a measly two days later — in order to give those families time to formulate a response failed 4 to 4. Infer through grade school addition that only eight of the nine board members attended Monday’s meeting; board president Carl LaCombe, arguably the catalyst for making Thibodaux Tech a reality right here, right now and in the old Kmart site, was absent from what was probably the most important meeting of his 20-year career on the board.
Fresh on the heels of the disaster that was the Nov. 2 election, the Obama White House is weathering renewed criticism over its mishandling of the BP oil spill disaster. The Interior Department’s inspector general last week concluded that the administration edited a drilling-safety report in a way that made it appear, falsely, that scientists and industry experts supported Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling. It’s the latest in a litany of accusations that the administration downplayed scientific findings and misrepresented data. And for a presidential candidate who vowed to rely on science to guide policy, it’s a major disappointment.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, December 13, 2013:
September's $509 million in sales pushed Lafayette Parish's nine-month total to $4.4 billion.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
New Orleans' offense, which ranks sixth in the NFL, isn't helping many of its skill players pile up Pro Bowl-type stats. Rather, the approach of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has enabled a wide range of play-makers to emerge periodically with high-production outings.
An ordinance phasing out a rebate businesses receive for collecting and remitting sales taxes is tabled, but it doesn’t solve the vexing issue of government revenue.
From jewelry to home goods, deals abound
Forgiving shapes for NOLA Bowl
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The New Orleans architect behind the 1984 World’s Fair also left his mark on Lafayette.
Laid back vibe just right for NOLA Bowl
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
Week long specials and a ribbon cutting celebration held in Parc Lafayette
Fort Worth company's new facility at Lafayette Regional Airport will build helicopters primarily for the export market.
Could River Ranch restaurant be the next star?