The Evangeline Parish School Board Wednesday approved the appointment of Nick Chaumont of Basile to replace the late long time School board member Dr. Bobby Deshotel to fill out his unexpired term through November of this year. Dr. Bobby Deshotel served for more than five decades representing Basile schools on the school board. He also served as Mayor of Basile for a time. The position was offered to Mrs. Joella Deshotel, Dr. Bobby's widow, but she turned it down. She recommended that the board select Chaumont to serve in his place. The election will be held in November at the same time as President with a general runoff election, if necessary, in December. Qualifying will be held will be held July 15,16 and 17.
Superintendent Darwan Lazard advised board members that he and his staff are taking extra precaution to prepare for the possible arrival of Tropical Storm Cristobal. Lazard said he was on a conference call with officials with the Evangeline Office of Emergency Preparedness for the latest weather information. The Superintendent mentioned that weather officials are stating that one computer model shows the storm track moving up Vermillion Bay, the same track Hurricane Lilly did in 2003. He said " We are preparing for possible flooding at some of our schools."
Lazard , in other business, told board members that the Louisiana High School Athletic Association has loosened some of the regulations dealing with athletics now that the state is moving into Phase Two of the Covid-19 Pandemic Plan. He said "Our schools will have some level of athletics but we want to caution our coaches to make sure to follow the state guidelines. We want to make sure we keep our athletes and coaches safe."
The Superintendent advised board members that there will be no merit pay given to employees this year. Every year, following an evaluation, each employee receives merit pay. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the state waived the evaluation since a good part of the school term did not take place. As a result of no evaluation, Lazard announced there will be no merit pay for school employees.