Monday, October 28, 2013
Voters in unincorporated areas of Calcasieu Parish could decide next year if they want to fund part of a $110 million sewer expansion plan with a 20-year, quarter-cent sales tax. The American Press reports the sewer expansion plan would be funded by the sales tax, more than $50 million in parish gambling funds and nearly $12 million in state money. The sales tax could generate $4.3 million annually.
Parish Administrator Bryan Beam told police jurors the parish would reduce a road and garbage tax levied in much of the parish if the sales tax is approved.
THE NEW STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION FORMULA FOR RATING SCHOOL DISTRICTS, WHICH REWARDS THOSE SCHOOLS THAT BOOST THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR STUDENTS, ENABLED THE LAFAYETTE PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM TO ACHIEVE A B GRADE. TOM SPENCER, THE DIRECTOR OF ACCOUNTABILITY, RESEARCH AND EVALUATION FOR LAFAYETTE SCHOOLS, SAYS UNDER THE OLD SYSTEM, LAFAYETTE WOULD HAVE RECEIVED A C GRADE. THE NEW GRADING SYSTEM AWARDS BONUS POINTS FOR SCHOOLS THAT HELP THEIR STUDENTS ACHIEVE SIGNIFICANT GAINS ON STANDARDIZED TESTS, EVEN IF THEY DIDNíT PASS THEM. SUPERINTENDENT PAT COOPER GAVE CREDIT TO DATA ANALYSTS AND INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGISTS WHO HELPED THE TEACHERS IDENTIFY STUDENT WEAKNESSES AND WAYS TO HELP THEM IMPROVE.
A MAN FROM RAYNE WAS ARRESTED EARLY SATURDAY MORNING FOR POSSESSION OF METH. JULIE DARCY HAS MORE.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is enlisting outside professional help and revamping the selection process to choose the next company to take over its Medicaid claims processing work. The added monitoring steps come after the last contract was scrapped, a criminal investigation was launched into its award and Jindal's former health care secretary Bruce Greenstein resigned. The Jindal administration fired Client Network Services Inc. from its $200 million contract, alleging that Greenstein had inappropriate contact with CNSI throughout the bid process. A first attempt to hire an outside firm to help develop the state's advertisement for a new Medicaid contractor and to evaluate bid proposals turned up one applicant, deemed unqualified.
A SHOOTING IN LAKE CHARLES FRIDAY NIGHT LEFT ONE PERSON WOUNDED AND ANOTHER PERSON FACING A CHARGE OF ATTEMPTED SECOND DEGREE MURDER. BRITNEY RENEE VITAL TURNED HERSELF INTO AUTHORITIES SATURDAY AFTERNOON, AND HER BOND WAS SET AT ONE-AND-A-HALF MILLION DOLLARS. THE SHOOTING, WHICH HAPPENED AT VITALíS HOME, WAS THE RESULT OF AN ARGUMENT. THE NAME OF THE VICTIM WAS NOT RELEASED.
The assistant district attorney representing the Lafayette Parish School Board has advised the Attorney General's Office that the board has no cause to hire special counsel to investigate Superintendent Pat Cooper. The Advocate reports the school board had approved in July a resolution seeking special counsel to investigate Cooper over the March 2012 hiring of Thad Welch as a special assistant to the superintendent for facilities, maintenance, grounds and transportation. Some board members claimed Cooper violated board policy and should be reprimanded because he recommended Welch for the job knowing that Welch did not have the high school education required for the job. Cooper said he'll ask the board to rescind its resolution requesting special counsel and rescind its decision to reprimand him.
PART OF THE WATER SYSTEM IN ARNAUDVILLE WILL BE SHUT OFF BETWEEN 8 AM AND 5 PM ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY. ALL THE CUSTOMERS WHO WILL BE AFFECTED HAVE RECEIVED NOTICES. AFTER ITíS TURNED BACK ON, THE WATER IN THOSE AREAS COULD BE OF QUESTIONABLE QUALITY, AND SO THE TOWN OF ARNAUDVILLE HAS ISSUED A BOIL ADVISORY. IT WILL BEGIN AT 8 AM ON WEDNESDAY, AND ITíS EXPECTED TO END BY THE END OF THE DAY FRIDAY.
French Ambassador Francois Delattre will be the featured speaker Dec. 20 for graduation exercises at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.The ambassador also will receive an honorary doctorate of francophone studies. Delattre was appointed ambassador to the United States in 2011 after serving as ambassador of France to Canada since 2008.