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Improvement noted on local LEAP scores

State Superintendent of Education John White last week announced the results of the Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) testing for 2018 in Louisiana schools.
The target is that students have to average mastery and meet other academic targets by 2025 for a school to be A-rated.
The five scoring levels of the LEAP exams are advanced, mastery, basic, approaching basic and unsatisfactory.

lynn guidry has been chosen to design the Cecilia civic center to be located in the recently purchased building that previously housed the Cecilia Baptist Church. (Karl Jeter)

Spoil site found for Catahoula dredging

St. Martin Parish President Chester Cedars said that a suitable location to dispose of material from the planned deepening of the silted Catahoula Lake has probably been secured.
At the July 10 parish council meeting, members gave Cedars approval to sign a contract for the needed servitude agreements. He said the location, which belongs to Jackie Theriot, should make the permitting process move ahead more smoothly.

St. Martinville – When the downtown square was designed, big 18-wheelers like this were never anticipated. (Karl Jeter)

SM bypass plan is ‘premature’

The latest plans for a bypass to route truck traffic around the downtown square lacks sufficient detail to be considered, St. Martin Parish President Chester Cedars contends.
Such proposals have been made for many years, and a convincing case for a bypass can certainly be made. Besides the difficulty and traffic obstruction resulting from 18-wheelers being forced to negotiate the sharp corners of the historic area, recurring damage has been caused to protected historical downtown structures.

Work set to start on LA 347 roundabout

Baton Rouge – The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced that beginning Monday, Aug. 6, construction will begin on a $2.5 million project to install a roundabout at the intersection of LA 347/Grand Point Hwy and Doyle Melancon in Breaux Bridge.
The work is estimated to take place Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., weather permitting.

PARISH PRESIDENT Chester Cedars and the parish council have taken bold new steps to solve the related issues of nuisance properties and litter. (Karl Jeter)

New laws geared to make parish cleaner

–Two ordinances passed by St. Martin Parish government in recent months could make the parish a much cleaner place. Both address the overlapping problems of blighted properties and litter.
In a meeting with the Teche News, Parish President Chester Cedars outlined these council actions and the changes residents can expect.
The ordinance pertaining to nuisance and blighted properties involves the appointment of a “hearing officer.” When one is chosen, he or she will take most of the responsibility for enforcement of codes relating to such properties.

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