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Dr. Twyla Williams Damond talks to board members.

Vermilion Parish will discuss superintendent’s salary, four-day school week and new charter school

It looks like tonight’s school board meeting could be another long one.
Lately, it is not common for Vermilion Parish School Board Meetings to last three hours or until about 9 p.m. Tonight’s meeting is expected to last at least two hours based on the agenda items.
The meeting begins at 6 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.
There will be a discussion about the school board looking into the school district going to a four-day work week (Tuesday through Friday) as a way to save the district money.
One of the biggest items on the agenda is the school board’s vote to allow a sixth-through-12th-grade charter school to locate in Abbeville.
At Monday’s committee meeting, representatives from Williams’ Scholar Academy made a presentation to the school board about why a charter school is needed in Abbeville.
Dr. Twyla Williams-Damond who is the CEO of Williams’ Scholar Academy, addressed the board members Monday night.
She told the board members the Williams’ Scholar Academy wants to partner with the school district. She said the academy is “another arm” of the school district. The academy gives children in Abbeville and the parish another school option to attend.
The school is expected to have 150 to 200 children.
Williams said, while Vermilion Parish is an “A” district and ranks in the top 4 in the state, the African American students are not benefiting from the parish is one of the best school districts in the state.
“There is a great disparity and we need to address it,” said Williams.
She also spoke about the minority students at J.H. Williams Middle School and Abbeville High School. She said only 36 percent of Abbeville High School students attend college after graduation.
The school board will vote to welcome or not welcome the charter school to Vermilion Parish. If the school board votes “no,” the charter school will then reapply with the BESE Board, who has the final say. If the BESE Board approves to allow the charter school, then the school board has no say of what happens at the charter school.
Also on the agenda:
• School Board Member Chris Gautreaux is going to talk about the growth in the North Vermilion area
• Move to approve ratification of Superintendent Jerome Puyau’s contract, submitted by school board president Jean Broussard.
• Move to approve relinquishing any rights or reversion of the old Herod High School property and building and executing the necessary legal documents to decline the reversion of the old Herod property.
• Move to receive a presentation from Carina Chargois on the Career and Technical Education and Career and Technical Student Organizations.
• Move to go into executive session to discuss collective bargaining.

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