The Evangeline Parish School Board, Wednesday, recognized John Bordelon, a student from James Stephens Elementary School. Bordelon has recently won a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering) scholarship from Amazon. It was announced he is the first student to win such a scholarship in Louisiana.
Also, board members were notified that Walmart in Ville Platte will be employing 12 students from Ville Platte High. The part time jobs will pay these students $11 an hour. The school board will have a job fair for students , age 17 and older, wishing to apply.
In other business the school board approved the new school calendar for the next school term. The calendar calls for the first of school for employees in August 9, 2019 and the first day of classes for students is August 13. The final day of school is May 28, 2020. School employees are given the choice of two calendars. Employees overwhelmingly recommended the school board approve the plan that was adopted.
School Maintenance Supervisor Jason Hazelton announced the two cleanest school for the past three months: Basile High for the largest school and W.W. Stewart Elementary for the small school winner.
In other action, the school board:
--approved renewing the contract for Supt. of Schools Darwan Lazard for another two years;
--advertised for bids to replace the Bayou Chicot School sewer plant.