St. Mary Parish school schedule modified

CENTERVILLE, La. — The schedule for the end of the school year again has been modified by the St. Mary Parish School Board.

May 23, 24 and 28 will be half days, ending at 12:30 p.m. for junior highs and high schools and at 1 p.m. for elementary schools. May 29 will be Report Card Day. May 27 always has been scheduled as a day off in honor of Memorial Day.

Summer school will begin May 30, one day earlier than previously planned.

This time, dismissal times were changed to facilitate the transition to summer school and to allow an additional day of instruction there.

All schools will have exceeded the state Department of Education’s instructional time requirements by this time, according to Keith Thibodeaux, assistant superintendent.

Make-up days were added to the calendar, and 15 minutes were added to the end of each school day between Jan. 22 and April 5 to replace time lost due to Hurricane Isaac and other inclement weather conditions.

Thibodeaux said the new schedule will not be in conflict with pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and eighth grade ceremonies across the parish.

In other action at Thursday’s St. Mary Parish School Board meeting, the board:

—Learned there are 614 projected graduates at the parish’s six high schools. They have earned an estimated $5.64 million in scholarships and TOPS offers.

—Adopted millages for the 2013 tax roll. They remain the same as in 2012.

—Heard from PediaKare de’ Louisiana asking to place a satellite campus at Raintree Elementary in Baldwin. The program provides pediatric day care for medically fragile children. They were seeking memorandum of understanding to work with the school system, but school board legal advisor Eric Duplantis said he had numerous concerns about liability as well as whether the private business legally could be placed on public property.

—Heard from Dr. Gary Wiltz who said after five years, the medical facility on the West St. Mary/B. Edward Boudreaux campus has treated 7,972 cases. Some 28 percent of those were students at schools other than the ones at the campus. In light of that fact, the program is funding a mobile medical unit to provide medical, mental health and dental services across the parish.

—Approved a five-day suspension for an employee who passed a stopped school bus.

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