Vermilion Parish School Board

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Vermilion Parish School Board (VPSB) is a school district headquartered in Abbeville, Louisiana, United States. It was established in 1876.

The district serves Vermilion Parish. The schools serving Delcambre are located in Vermilion Parish and are operated by Iberia Parish School System, not the Vermilion Parish School Board.

Vermilion Parish is headed by Superintendent Jerome Puyau. Puyau's leadership style has been called intimidating and in January 2018 a teacher was handcuffed during a public discussion of his pay raise.[1][2]

Leadership[edit]

The Superintendent of Vermilion Parish, Puyau, worked in Vermilion Parish before becoming the district’s supervisor of maintenance in August 2006. He was named superintendent-elect in July 2012, and took over the position permanently in January 2013. His January 2017 contract renewal was controversial as board members called his style intimidating and found that he lacked strategic vision.[1]

On January 8, 2018, teacher Deyshia Hargrave was arrested for questioning the school board about their decision to increase Payau's salary but keep teacher salaries unchanged.[2] Board president Anthony Fontana Jr. resigned on January 19, 2018.[3]

Discipline[edit]

There is a mandatory Discipline Plan for grades 4 through 12. Corporal punishment may be administered by teachers and administrators. An adult witness must be present. There is a maximum of five strokes per punishment, which must be delivered to the student's posterior. The paddle used is of wood, 14 to 15 inches long, 6 inches wide and a half-inch thick. Other discipline management techniques include suspension (in or out of school) and expulsion. Also, students aged 15 through 18 who are persistently absent from or tardy to school may have their driving privileges revoked by the State of Louisiana.[4]

School uniforms[edit]

The district requires all students to wear school uniforms.[5]

Schools[edit]

6-12 schools[edit]

9-12 schools[edit]

PK-8 schools[edit]

5-8 schools[edit]

Rene A. Rost Middle School is a public school that has practiced sex segregation which ACLU alleges is a violation of Title IX.[6]

6-8 schools[edit]

PK-6 schools[edit]

PK-5 schools[edit]

PK-4 schools[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Amanda McElfresh (May 16, 2016). "Vermilion Parish superintendent could face termination". KATC. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Teacher removed from Vermilion school board meeting in handcuffs". KATC. January 8, 2018. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  3. ^ Rosa, Chris (2018-01-19). "School Board President Anthony Fontana is resigning from the school board". Vermillion Today. Retrieved 2018-01-21.
  4. ^ Student/Parent Handbook 2011-2012, Vermilion Parish School Board. pp. 8-10.
  5. ^ Student dress code. Vermilion Parish School Board.
  6. ^ https://www.aclu.org/womens-rights/hearing-begins-today-sex-segregated-public-school-louisiana

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