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Evangeline Parish School Board approves industrial tax exemption for Cabot Corporation

Evangeline Parish School Board Meeting April 21, 2021 The Evangeline Parish School Board Wednesday approved by a vote of 9-3 to give Cabot Corporation an Industrial Tax Exemption . Those voting against giving the tax break were Mike Fontenot. Wanda Skinner and Sheila Joseph. Board member Nancy Hamlin was not present. The board held the meeting in the much larger Ville Platte High gym to permit those interested in the issue to attend. The motion was similar to one approved by the police jury last week. It gives Cabot a five year exemption. In five years, the school board will make a determination whether to grant a second five year exemption to Cabot. Cabot has been in Ville Platte for the past 78 years according to local plant manager Derrick Turner. The plant is preparing to begin a 147 million dollar project which will include reducing carbon emissions and generate its own power. Also attending the meeting were Evangeline Parish Tax Assessor Chris Guillory and Evangeline Chamber President Dr. Gwen Fontenot. Johnell Fontenot, assistant principal at Vidrine Elementary said after meeting with Cabot officials, "This Company is a blessing to our parish. This project is for the betterment for all Evangeline Parish." Board member Mike Fontenot asked the Superintendent if he had a recommendation and asked "Do we not need the tax monies we will be giving up?" Supt. Darwan Lazard replied that he wanted board members to make up their own minds on the issue. "I have gotten the facts and the experts to address you for you so you can make an informed decision on this important issue" said Lazard. Lazard said he will be addressing plans for improvements at school campuses throughout the parish at next month's meeting based on expected federal stimulus dollars. In other action the school board: --approved extending the contract for Supt. of Schools Darwan Lazard an additional two years; --approved a contract for demographer Mike Heffner to prepare the school board redistricting plan based on new 2020 census numbers in time for the 2022 school

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