Iberia Parish School Board members will talk about multiple issues affecting the 2018-2019 school year when they meet on Wednesday.

During a special Textbook Education Committee Meeting, members will discuss the approval of redistributing grade levels at Jeanerette Elementary School to include Pre-K thru second grade and St. Charles Elementary School to include third- through sixth-grades for the 2018-2019 school year. The schools serve students from Pre-K to sixth grade.

Also on the agenda is the approval of the parishwide summer school programs. The list of summer programs to be approved include:

• Regular Education Summer School.

• Fourth & Eighth Grade LEAP Summer Remediation Program.

• EOC State Test Summer Remediation Program.

• Special Education ESYS.

• LEP Summer School.

• “Math in the Middle.”

• NCCER Core Certification (Recovery).

After the Textbook Education Committee Meeting adjourns, the regular board will meet. 

Other agenda items include whether or not to accept the Board Goal’s Committee recommendation that clear plastic or mesh bags be required by middle and high school students for the 2018-2019 school year. The issue prompted plenty of discussion during last week’s committee meeting. Two people  from the crowd spoke against the would-be requirement.

Henderson said while backpacks don’t come with a 100-percent guarantee of safety at schools, taking up the issue shows that the board is interested in taking every measure possible to safeguard students.

“In addition to the school resource officers and the camera systems and the wands and the metal detectors and the reconfiguring and remodeling of our school entrances with electronic doors and single points of access, this is another layer of protection for our schools,” Henderson said last week.

Several recognitions are also scheduled for Wednesday’s meeting. 

Iberia Parish Students of the Year will be honored. They include Owen Broussard from Loreauville Elementary School, Gabrielle Judice, an eighth-gradar from Loreauville High School, and Lindsey DuBose from New Iberia Senior High School. 

Special recognition also will be given to student hero Delance Green of New Iberia Senior High School, who last week saved a teacher’s life by performing the Heimlich Maneuver. 

Iberia Parish Superintendent of Schools Dale Henderson also will mention those who were honored during The Daily Iberian and Courtesy Motors’ 20 Under 40 recognition.

The IPSB’s Textbook Education Committee Meeting is scheduled for 5 p.m. The regular IPSB meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. 

Both meetings will be held in the Board Room of the Administrative office located at 1500 Jane St.


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