From left to right: Coach Jabain August, Phillip McCoy, Deion Williams,
Brianna Ritchie, Keyiada Wilson, Arielle Harrison, Sha’Niya Latson, Madison Ritchie, & Mrs. Racheal Chapman. Not pictured, Namaya Levine.

Pastor Walter August Jr., second from left, meets with the Abbeville High students
during their recent trip to Houston. August invited the teens to take part in “High School Students Summit Retreat.”

Along with their counterparts from Houston, the Abbeville High students toured NASA.

‘Special’ trip to Houston: Abbeville High students take part in Summit

World travelers will tell you that a trip can be a life-changing event.
That can even be true for trips that are not necessarily a world away.
Last month, eight students from Abbeville High School spent five days in Houston as part of an extension of Pathways to Success, the program that for the past few years has brought speakers and mentors into Vermilion Parish schools to work with students. Phillip McCoy, Deion Williams, Brianna Ritchie, Keyiada Wilson, Arielle Harrison, Sha’Niya Latson, Madison Ritchie and Namaya Levine attended the trip.

Jerome Puyau

Committee named to investigate Puyau

The investigation is now underway against Superintendent Jerome Puyau.
A three-person committee was named at the Thursday night school board meeting to investigate allegations against Puyau. School employees had until 5 p.m. on Friday to officially turn in their allegations to school board president Stacy Landry.
Investigating the allegations will be two school board members and one new school board attorney.

State Attorney General’s Office’s e-mail convinces school board not to declare emergency to build North Vermilion Middle pavilion

The School Board decided not to declare an emergency declaration when it comes to building a pavilion at North Vermilion Middle School.
School Board member Chris Gautreaux made a motion at Thursday’s meeting to take back the emergency declaration and go out for public bids to build the pavilion.
They voted 8-0 to take back the emergency declaration.
The reason they changed their minds is because they received an e-mail from the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office questioning why the board declared an emergency declaration to build a pavilion.

Boats filled the Vermilion River and followed the boat carrying the Eucharist.

Boats filled the Vermilion River and followed the boat carrying the Eucharist.

Benediction on the river: A Cajun Eucharistic procession, by boat

There is no doubt, Vermilion Parish is a Roman Catholic Community based on the amount of people who took part in the Centennial Fete-Dieu du Vermilion Eucharistic Procession on Wednesday morning.
It began with a French Mass at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Abbeville. The procession left the church and walked across the downtown bridge and then turned into the old Riverfront Restaurant where it stopped along the river.
The rosary was said in four different languages.

This is the pavilion in the middle of Erath High School and Erath Middle School. It was built more than 10 years ago after Hurricane Rita. The cost to build it was $200,000 from private donations. The students do not use it to eat under.

Vermilion Parish School Board declares ‘Emergency Declaration’

State law says one of three things need to happen for a government body to declare an emergency declaration. The emergency has to be a “disaster,” “emergency” or “public health emergency.”
Where does building an open pavilion at North Vermilion Middle School fall under an “emergency,” “public health emergency” or a “disaster?” Somehow, the school board thinks it does.
The school board voted 8-0 to declare an emergency declaration during a committee meeting on Monday. New school board attorney Kathy Boudreaux advised against the emergency declaration.


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