The Evangeline Parish School Board met Wednesday night in the School Board Media Center. Superintendent, Darwan Lazard, announced he has recently interviewed two individuals for the position of Principal at Pine Prairie High School. From those two candidates, his choice was Charles “Chuck” Johnson (pictured). He comes back to the school with 24 years of experience with 10 years in Administration, 10 served at Evangeline Central and 8 at the Math, Science and Arts Academy in Iberville Parish. Lazard stated “He comes not only with experience, but also success.” Johnson spoke to the crowd saying he is “excited to come back to Pine Prairie. His parents are still there and he is happy to once again be a part of the community.” He “looks forward to growing the successes we had in the past.”
It was in the last School Board meeting that Melanie Miller was introduced as the new principal of Ville Platte High School. There will be a Meet and Greet Thursday from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in the Ville Platte High Gymnasium. The public is invited to attend.
Mike Holt from Yeager, Watson & Associates was asked to address the Board about the extreme repairs needed for the floors at Mamou High School and Bayou Chicot Elementary. He explained that because of all of the flooding and a build-up of damage to the floors, there is now a “tripping hazard” in the main hallway at Bayou Chicot. The Fire Marshall has actually written up a violation and the Board will need to remedy the situation. After explaining the options, he stated that the repairs could be approximately $42,000-$43,000 to cover the 1,320 square foot area.
As to Mamou, Holt stated that again, because of all of the water damage, the gym floor is “gone”. With the Board’s approval after the bidding process, he plans to raise the gym floor by six inches to handle any water in the future. There was much discussion of the drainage problems in Mamou and how they can protect the school in the future. Holt stated the project on the gym could be approximately $149,000. The bidding process will now begin.
The Superintendent presented the new District Logo that will be used to represent the School Board. He thanked the staff at the Gazette and others who helped them design the new Logo.
And finally, Kevin Nolten with the STEM INITIATIVE explained that they have a program that works with students at the K-12 level to help bring the next generation into the jobs of the future working through Economic and Workforce development. The program has grown to a nationwide status and now Evangeline Parish will benefit from it. Nolten presented a plaque to Lazard for the partnership.