Junior Auxiliary of Abbeville’s Renee Bertrand (left) and Tanya Istre speak to members of the Kiwanis Club of Abbeville about the JA’s annual school supply drive, Project Backpack.

Project Backpack

While in the midst of summer fun, kids may not want to think about the start of school, but it is getting close.
For many families, the beginning of the school year means the reality of not being able to afford all of the supplies that are needed.
Members of the Junior Auxiliary of Abbeville are working with the Vermilion Chamber of Commerce and other groups to make a new reality for many of those families, one that has their children receiving everything they need for a successful school year. The group is promoting Project Backpack, its annual school supply drive.

Rene Rost Middle School in Kaplan is 78 years old. It is the oldest school in the parish.

Vermilion Parish Schools getting old, need repairs

One area the Vermilion Parish School Board has no plans on slicing its budget is in the maintenance department, and that’s because the schools are getting older and are in need of more and more repairs.
One good example is during Monday’s properties committee meeting when maintenance supervisor Kerry Richard asked the school board for extra money to repair damaged school class rooms and buildings.
His request that night was close to $75,000, which was not projected in this year’s budget.

Candidates qualify for political office in Vermilion Parish

On Wednesday, several candidates signed up as qualifying for the Nov. 6 elections.
Qualifying will end Friday afternoon. Those interested in qualifying can do so Today until 4:30 p.m. in Vermilion Parish Clerk of Court Diane Meaux Broussard’s office. That office is located on the first floor of the Vermilion Parish Courthouse in downtown Abbeville.
Elections will include each of the eight district seats on the Vermilion Parish School Board.

School Board already looking at $1 million shortfall 17 days into year

Only 17 days into the new budget year, and Vermilion Parish School Board members learned things are not too rosy when it comes down to finances.
Chief Financial Officer Eric Jonson presented a preliminary projected revenue and expenditures summary to the school board members at Monday’s committee meeting.
The board members learned from Johnson’s findings, that, if nothing is done, the projected budget is on pace to be at least $1 million short in the 2018-19 school year.


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