SM schools decline to take voucher students

By: JEAN L. KAESS

CENTERVILLE — The six public schools in St. Mary Parish that would be eligible to receive students under Gov. Bobby Jindal’s voucher program have declined to participate in the voluntary program.

Superintendent Donald Aguillard said during Thursday’s St. Mary Parish School Board meeting that only schools rated “A” or “B” can accept students from those ranked “C” or lower. St. Mary only has six schools that meet that qualification and all are rated “B.”

He said he has spoken to each principal, whose decision it is to participate or not, and each declined.

They cited limited or no space, the quality of the educational programs at other schools in the parish and/or busing issues, Aguillard said.

In other action Thursday, the board:

—Learned commencements are slated for Thursday and Friday with a total of 632 seniors set to graduate. Meanwhile, testing results for the remaining students should be released Friday with letters notifying students of summer school requirements set to go home around May 22.

—Appointed summer school principals. Summer school will be held May 30 to June 22.

—Approved a long list of end of year resignations and retirements.

—Approved a cost share wind mitigation program with the Federal Emergency Management Program to protect the Central Office Complex at a 75-25 split with the system’s share being $62,920.

—Moved a professional development day in the official calendar from Jan. 7, 2013, to Aug. 6, 2012, in an effort to accommodate educating personnel about changes being mandated by the state that the school system may not yet be aware of.

—Entered into a cooperative endeavor agreement between the board, Recreation District 7 and Mid-Area Concerned Citizens regarding the use of the St. Mary Parish Alternative Program school site.

—Approved the inclusion of official board member transcripts reflecting the earning of professional development credits.

—Revised the Long Range Technology Plan.

—Approved the Morgan City High School Beta Club trip to Greensboro, N.C.

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