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|School opens parishwide on Monday|
Concordia's school system may see an increase in enrollment when the school year begins next week.
Supt. Loretta Blankenstein said school will begin for students on Monday, August 10, 2009, and will dismiss the first day at 12:30.
She said Concordia Parish schools finished the 2008-09 school year with approximately 3,900 students.
"The upcoming school year should begin with at least that number or more," said Blankenstein. "A few changes have been made in administrative and teaching staff at the schools. All school personnel have been working hard to ensure a great beginning for the upcoming school year."
She said approximately 400 administrators, teachers and assistants will participate in parishwide staff development August 6-7 at the Riverfront Conference Center in Vidalia.
During the summer, the superintendent said several construction projects have been in operation "to make students' and teachers' environments more appealing."
When school doors open on August 10, all schools will have completely renovated bathrooms. At Vidalia Upper Elementary, students and teachers will have a newly enlarged cafeteria to better serve the growing student body.
"Stimulus funds will provide additional educational opportunities for students, and an additional Pre-K class will be established at Monterey High School to provide our early learners with appropriate opportunities," she said. Four professional development days for teachers have been included in this year's school calendar.
The U.S. Department of Justice will continue to monitor schools regarding out-of-zone students. Residency verification for all students entering a school for the first time along with investigating any students who are suspected of being out of zone will be continued by the system.
"While this has been a difficult process, Concordia Parish School System personnel have done an exceptional job, and parents are asked to be patient as the system strives to follow required federal directives," said Blankenstein.
"Of concern as school begins is the water situation in the Ferriday area," she said. "System administrators have been in constant contact with Mr. Morris White, Office of Emergency Preparedness, and city officials. Mr. White has been instrumental in securing water for the students at the end of last school year, and he has assured us that clean drinking water will be available for our students when school begins."
Blankenstein asked that the public "join us in making this the best year ever for the Concordia Parish School System and its students."
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