State Superintendent awards Lafayette Parish School System

John White presents checks to Lafayette schools today at Acadiana High School

Friday, December 7, 2012 - 4:11pm

State Superintendent of Education John White paid a visit to Acadiana High School today delivering encouraging news about the school system in this parish.  John White went to Acadiana High School to recognize the Lafayette Parish School System along with it's superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper.  White presented the district with a check for $155,000 for thier application in the 4 million dollar competitive "Believe and Include" grant initiative to serve students with disabilities.  Acadiana High School, Scott Middle School, and Westside Elementary School will partner together to implement the "I Write!" project.  This project is aimed at improving writing skills for students with disabilities to better assist them in achieving higher outcomes on state assessments.

 "What's so fascinating and I think inspiring about Lafayette is that even though its got a good public school system, its not stopping.  Lafayette is continuing to say we need to do more we need to make sure every school is an A school and they've got a plan to do it," says John White, state superintendent of education.

"This is huge.  We have a big percentage of our schools that made these gains and I think we have a lot to be proud of," says Dr. Pat Cooper, Lafayette Parish superintendent.

State superintendent John White also recognized Acadiana High School, along with seven other Lafayette schools, for earning the "Top Gains School" designation for the 2011-2012 school year.  Each school was presented with a check worth $8,500 as a reward for increasing student achievement.

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