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The Evangeline Parish School Board, Wednesday, approved a new program to partner with law enforcement agencies throughout the parish. Superintendent of Schools Darwan Lazard said the program “Lunch with Law Enforcement�-Evangeline “ will provide complimentary lunches for law enforcement officers. The program will operate on the first and third Thursday of each month at all parish public schools. Police Officers including sheriff’s deputies, city marshal officers, state police and wildlife agents in uniform or in plain clothes showing their ID will receive the complimentary meal. The purpose , according to the superintendent, will increase a police and security presence on the school campuses. Supervisor Kelli Lafleur discussed the new “Walk Through� forms to be used by school principals to monitor teacher instruction in the classrooms. School principals will use the new electronic forms on their devices and spend some 45 minutes a day; Assistant Superintendent of Schools Michael Lombas said the new forms are another tool to help teachers work smarter. He said it is not meant to be a punitive measure against teachers. In other action the school board: --received a report from Chief Financial Officer Amy Lafleur that sales tax collections for September have increased $44,000 over the same period a year ago; --voted to hold only one meeting a month for the next three months: Nov. 14, Dec. 12 and Jan. 16; --made a special presentation to new school board member, Sheila Joseph representing District 7; --received news that there are 5900 students enrolled this school year, about ten more than last year; --the school board is working with Pine Prairie Energy to raise a $100,000 endowment to help fund Principal and Teacher of the Year awards. The parishwide campaign is urging individuals and businesses to make a donation; --Using a $150,000 grant, the school district will be employing the services of the security firm, Fidelis Corporation to conduct daily and weekly visits at all school sites for safety and security measures. --the French Immersion students at Mamou and Ville Platte Elementary schools will be singing Christmas carols on KLFY TV Ten at Christmas time.


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