Wednesday, October 16, 2013
IT APPEARS CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE COMING TO LAFAYETTE PARISH. A COMMITTEE OF THE LOUISIANA BOARD OF ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION GAVE APPROVAL YESTERDAY FOR FIVE APPLICATIONS TO OPEN THE CHARTER SCHOOLS, TWO BY NATIONAL HERITAGE ACADEMIES AND THREE BY CHARTER SCHOOLS U-S-A. BOTH ORGANIZATIONS HAVE SAID THEY HOPE TO OPEN A KINDERGARTEN THROUGH EIGHTH GRADE SCHOOL BY THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR. A VOTE BY THE FULL BOARD IS SCHEDULED FOR TODAY, BUT IT IS CONSIDERED TO BE A MERE FORMALITY.
GOVERNOR BOBBY JINDAL WAS IN LAKE CHARLES YESTERDAY TO MARK 100 DAYS OF COLLABORATION BETWEEN LAKE CHARLES MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AND W-O MOSS REGIONAL HOSPITAL. JINDAL CALLED THE PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP A BRAND NEW ERA OF HEALTH CARE. JINDAL HIGHLIGHTED THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE EMERGENCY ROOM AT MOSS REGIONAL INTO AN URGENT CARE CLINIC. HE SAYS THE CLINIC IS CONNECTING PATIENTS TO PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS RATHER THAN EXPENSIVE, TIME CONSUMING E-R VISITS, AND WAIT TIMES HAVE BEEN REDUCED AS WELL AS APPOINTMENT BACKLOGS.
A BLACK BEAR THAT HAD BEEN SPOTTED IN THE TOWN OF OLIVIER IN IBERIA PARISH WAS CAPTURED YESTERDAY. THE 150 POUND BEAR, WHICH IS BELIEVED TO BE AROUND TEN-YEARS-OLD, WAS CHASED UP A TREE IN THE WILLOW PARK AREA OUTSIDE OF NEW IBERIA AND TRANQUILIZED. THE BEAR WAS SUCCESSFULLY MOVED AND RELEASED INTO THE WILD. OFFICIALS SAY THAT WHEN THE SUGAR CANE IS CUT DOWN, THE BEARS WILL EMERGE FROM FORESTED AREAS WHERE THEY LIVE UNDETECTED.
Groups of parents, tea party supporters and teacher union leaders are asking the state's top school board to change course on the use of tougher educational standards called the Common Core. The debate before the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education was expected to stretch for hours Tuesday night, as more than 70 people requested to speak. BESE approved the standards three years ago without controversy. Critics say they represent a shift to nationalized education, and they say teachers haven't received enough training to use the standards.
LAST NIGHT THE LAFAYETTE CITY PARISH COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY VOTED TO TOSS OUT A TEN-YEAR-OLD AGREEMENT BETWEEN LAFAYETTE AND VERMILLION PARISHES OVER THE BORDER. CITY PARISH COUNCILMAN DON BERTRAND, WHO PUSHED THE MEASURE, SAYS HISTORICAL RECORDS SHOW THAT LAFAYETTE PARISH GAVE UP TOO MUCH LAND TO VERMILLION PARISH. LAST WEEK, THE VERMILLION PARISH POLICE JURY’S ATTORNEY PAUL MORESI THE THIRD TOLD THE ADVOCATE THAT THEY BELIEVE THE ORIGINAL AGREEMENT IS A BINDING PUBLIC CONTRACT. AT ISSUE IS BETWEEN 300 AND 11-HUNDRED ACRES, MOST OF IT FARM LAND.
A CRASH INVOLVING TWO 18-WHEELERS ON THE INTERSTATE IS CAUSING PROBLEMS FOR EASTBOUND TRAFFIC IN THE IOWA AREA. HAZMAT CREWS HAVE BEEN CALLED IN TO CLEAN UP WHAT IS BELIEVED TO BE A DIESEL LEAK. INJURIES WERE REPORTED AND EXTRICATION CREWS WERE BROUGHT IN TO FREE TRAPPED MOTORISTS. THE CRASH IS AT MILE MARKER 44 AND EASTBOUND TRAFFIC IS BEING DIVERTED ONTO HIGHWAY 90.
CUSTOMERS OF THE CITY OF OPELOUSAS WATER SYSTEM RECEIVED A LETTER IN THE MAIL STATING THE BACTERIA COLLIFORM WAS FOUND IN THE WATER SYSTEM. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
Travel trailers can no longer be used as permanent homes in rural Lafayette Parish.
The Advocate reports the Lafayette City-Parish Council voted 5-4 on Tuesday to approve a new regulation that bans travel trailers from being used as a residence for more than 180 days in any calendar year in unincorporated areas of the parish.
Zoning laws already prohibit living in a travel trailer within the Lafayette city limits. Planning, Zoning and Codes Director Eleanor Bouy said the new regulation was prompted in part by a growing number of complaints about homeowners renting space in their driveways for travel trailers to house itinerant workers.