LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The Livingston Parish School Board declares state of emergency for parish school system.
In its first meeting since August's flood, the school board voted to declare a state of emergency, which will allow the board to work quickly to hire the people necessary to help rebuild and restore parish schools.
"This event has been a tragedy for our communities, obviously it's affected our schools, but we're going to come back from it and we're going to be a stronger school system and a stronger community," said Superintendent Rick Wentzel.
The school board also voted on a revised academic calendar, removing some holidays and half-days, in order to help get the school year back on track.
The following days have been changed to full class days for students:
- Thursday, Sept. 15 (originally a half-day for teacher professional development)
- Friday, Oct. 7 (originally a Fair Day Holiday; the Livingston Parish Fair has been cancelled)
- Thursday, Oct. 20 (originally a Teacher/Parent Conference Day)
- Wednesday, Nov. 16 (originally a half-day for teacher professional development)
"These are the only changes we're comfortable making right now, pending our appeal to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to waive required instructional minutes," said Assistant Superintendent Stephen Parrill.
Parrill added that if any other changes need to be made to the calender, they will be made following BESE's ruling.
Students in Livingston Parish return to school on Monday, Sept. 12.