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St. Charles Parish Schools give parents a little organizational help

By M. Susanne Hinkle - August 17, 2006

Parents with children enrolled in St. Charles Parish Public Schools know that the first week of school can be an exciting time for both students and parents.

Along with meeting new teachers, catching up with classmates after months of summer vacation and beginning new extracurricular activities, students bring home an abundance of forms and informational packets to be filled out and returned to school.

Beginning this school year, parents will receive a folder titled "The Inbox" which was designed to help parents make sense of all the necessary forms and information sent home with students the first week of school. 

Parents will be provided with one folder that will contain all pertinent information from the school system and from the child's school.  "We hope that this effort will minimize confusion and help inform parents on procedures.  The forms are now color coded to tell parents what is mandatory and voluntary," said Rochelle Cancienne, Director of Public Information for St. Charles Parish Schools.

Students are receiving the "In Box" folder the first week of school.  Parents were also provided with the folders if they attended open houses or orientations at the schools.

In other school news:

Candidates qualify for up-coming school board election
St. Charles Parish School Board elections will be held in September.  Candidates who have qualified for the election and added to the ballot as of Aug. 18 are:

District 1: Ellis Alexander, Desmond Hilaire, District 2: Mary Bergeron (unchallenged), District 3: Cindy Brasher, Dennis Naquin, District 4: Sonny Savoie (unchallenged),  District 5: John Smith, District 6: Jay Robichaux (unchallenged), District 7: Steve Crovetto (unchallenged), and District 8: Hank Shepard, Al Suffrin.

Wayne Roussel of District 8 will not be seeking re-election.  Alfred Green of District 1 has announced his retirement and therefore will not be seeking re-election to the school board.

School board elections will be held Sept. 30.  The run-off will be Nov. 7.

LEAP test scores released by district
St. Charles Parish Public Schools is pleased to report that 87 percent of fourth graders and 84 percent of our eighth graders passed the LEAP in the spring or summer testing.  In 2005, 865 of fourth graders passed LEAP.  This year marks an increase of 1 percent in the fourth grade passing rate.