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French Immersion Teachers speak at Ville Platte Rotary Club

Ville Platte Rotary Club August 24, 2021 The Ville Platte Rotary Club today (Tuesday) heard from some of the new French Immersion teachers that just arrived to teach students at Mamou Elementary and Ville Platte Elementary. Superintendent of Schools Darwan Lazard told club members that students from kindergarten to 5th grade are eligible to attend French Immersion classes. There are 70 students enrolled in Ville Platte and 110 children in Ville Platte. Katrina Ardoin, principal at Ville Platte introduced her new teacher whose home is Tunisia in northern Africa. Rebecca Fontenot, Assistant Principal at Mamou Elementary, introduced her three new French Immersion teachers who come from France, Quebec, Canada and from Natchitoches, Louisiana. Mike Lombas, Assistant Superintendent, thanked the community for supporting the teachers and the French program in our local schools. He is asking for the public's help in finding two rental units, an apartment or a small home for two new teachers that will be arriving soon in the parish The superintendent shared with Rotary Club members his plan to make major improvements to every school campus in the parish and to give pay raises to employees. The school board earlier approved a plan to pass a bond issue to raise some $4.6 million dollars in revenues to make improvements like: outdoor classrooms at Ville Platte Elementary, W.W. Stewart and Chataignier Elementary; a new athletic track at Pine Prairie and Ville Platte High; install air conditioning at the Mamou High gym , a new softball field at Basile High along with other renovations. Also, Senator Heather Cloud was able to secure $1 million dollars in state funding to construct a new multi-purpose building at Bayou Chicot Elementary. The school board also approved giving pay raises $1400 to teachers and $670 to support workers from state and local sources. Lazard said all of this is being done without any additional taxes to the taxpayers of the parish. Elementary Supervisor Cherie Fontenot explained the school board's plans to improve test scores and increase academic achievement

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