1-student increase marks trend end
It’s only by one student, but enrollment is up in Acadia Parish, hopefully marking the end of a downward trend in recent years.
Superintendent Scott Richard told members of the School Board Monday that, as of Oct. 1, a total of 9,449 students are enrolled in Acadia Parish public schools.
According to Richard, this is the first time since the 2013-2014 school year that enrollment has not dropped.
The Acadia Parish School System lost 68 student last year from the previous year, with similar patterns of decline since the 2013-2014 school year when the enrollment was 9,784, or 335 less students than this year’s total enrollment.
During the routine agenda, the board:
• approved a travel request from Max Fontenot, RHS Ag teacher, to attend out-of-state professional development/training at the Noble Research Institute in Ardmore, Oklahoma, on Oct. 22 through Oct. 24.
• approved advertising for bids for three new buses for the federally funded Head Start Program to be purchased from federal, special grant funds.
Richard confirmed the approval of a one-time $317,000 special grant from the federal Head Start office for three specially outfitted buses with seat belts. One of the buses will have a wheelchair lift.
• authorized the superintendent to apply to be Acadia Parish Head Start Grantee on behalf of the Acadia Parish School Board. The board is currently the fiscal agent for the Head Start Program and they must reapply every five years.
• authorized Richard or his designee to proceed with CNP warehouse freezer renovation/expansion.
Richard explained to the board that the cold storage freezer for parish needs update/expansion and APSB has identified an architect that specializes in projects of this fashion. With sufficient funds in the budget, the superintendent only needs permission to move forward with the project. The project will go out for bid once more information is gathered.
• approved the recommendation of the Budget and Finance Committee to purchase three new vehicles for the maintenance department.
Richard explained that these vehicles will replace current maintenance vehicles being used. However, Richard added that he feels the old ones “still have a little life in them” and will be used as spare vehicles or possibly sold for surplus.
• ratified the Personnel, Insurance and Curriculum Committee recommendations approving:
- a travel request from Church Point High School’s Spanish I and II classes to visit California;
- a travel request from Crowley High School FFA to attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, from Oct. 27 to Nov. 3;
- a travel request from Midland High School Family and Consumer Science Club to attend the FCCLA National Fall Conference in Dallas, Texas, from Nov. 15 to Nov. 17.
The APSB will hold the next committee meetings on Oct. 21 at 5 p.m. and the next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Nov. 4 in the APSB Board Room, located at 2404 N. Parkerson Avenue.