All students will be going half a day today and by 1 p.m., summer begins for students who do not have to go to summer school.
Vermilion Parish Superintendent Randy Schexnayder said, “We had a good year.”
The students and teachers will do it again in almost three months when school begins on Aug. 15.
The offices at schools will be open two weeks following the end of school.
Report cards will be mailed out soon.
This school year saw a lot of new things such as a brand new school completed north of Erath; the school board selecting a new superintendent, Jerome Puyau, who will start in January of 2013 and Dr. James Gray was hired for the newly created position, director of school leadership. His job is to improve test scores in the parish.
located north of Erath, officially opened its doors for the brand new constructed school. The school is for students from the Erath and Abbeville area. The school was built with the help of FEMA money given to the School Board because of the destruction of Henry Elementary during Hurricane Rita.
The year also meant the completion of the protective cement wall around Seventh Ward Elementary, located south of Abbeville. It joins Dozier Elementary as the other school with a protective wall. In the next year, construction for another protective wall will begin at Forked Island/E.Broussard Elementary and should be completed by 2014.
Down in Erath, Erath High School had a lot to brag about this year. After performance scores were released, Erath High was ranked as the highest public school in the state. The only other schools with higher scores than Erath High were private schools with open enrollment.
As the school year ends, it also means the end of a lot of education careers. Many teachers and school personnel will retire on June 30.
Meaux Elementary Principal Charles Robichaux and Abbeville High industrial arts teacher L.J. Breaux are retiring due to health reasons. The two men have combined to work in the education system in Vermilion Parish for 92 years.
There will be two new principals next year. The School Board promoted Abbeville assistant principal Christina Menard to principal at Indian Bayou Elementary and Susan Stephen at Meaux Elementary.
Menard replaces Howard Guillory, who is retiring.
Kenyatta Small, the assistant principal at J.H. Williams Middle School in Abbeville, is named the new transportation supervisor.
While there were many teachers and school workers who retired, finding their replacements will be easy.
Applications for the open positions have been plentiful. One teaching position had more than 100 applicants. In the applications were teachers with years of experience, as well as, new teachers coming out of college.