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Informer: About 1,300 taking courses at LC-B Academy

Last Modified: Saturday, August 31, 2013 3:13 PM

By Andrew Perzo / American Press

How many students are enrolled in classes at Lake Charles-Boston Academy, and how many teachers are employed there?

Kirby Smith, spokeswoman for the Calcasieu Parish school system, said Tuesday that 1,295 students were taking part in classes at the school and that the number would likely grow as course registration continued.

“Presently, the academy has 24 full-time teachers. There are five college instructors who share time with LCBA and their respective higher learning institutions,” she wrote in an email.

“In some instances, teachers from schools within the district visit the academy throughout the day to teach additional subjects that are not available at all schools in the system.”

Among the courses offered at the school:

Studio Art

Art I and II

Drafting Design Technology I, II and III

First Responder

Firefighter I

Medical Terminology

Sports Medicine 1, 2 and 3

Pharmacy Technician

Web Design 1 and 2

Digital Media 1 and 2

Television Production 1 and 2

Intro to Teaching Professions

Computer Service Technology I and II

Aviation Maintenance Technology

Veterinary Assistant

For more information on Lake Charles-Boston Academy of Learning, call the school at 217-4390.


New license plates
still being designed

When will the new Louisiana license plate be out — the one that says, “I’m Cajun”?

Jill Jarreau of the state Office of Motor Vehicles said the plates will be ready “hopefully by the end of the year.”

She said the OMV is working with state Rep. Mike Huval and the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana to develop a design for the plates.

Huval, R-Breaux Bridge, sponsored the bill authorizing the “I’m Cajun” license plate, along with an “I’m Creole” plate. The law took effect Aug. 1.

Sample plates have already been made, and the state and CODOFIL are refining the plates’ design, Jarreau said.

CODOFIL, she said, acted quickly after the law’s signing to meet legal prerequisites for plate production. “This is one of the fastest ones we’ve done,” Jarreau said Friday.

Under the law, the two plates must read “I’m Cajun…and proud” and “I’m Creole…and proud,” and each must include “a prominent image” that celebrates that plate’s particular culture.

The law sets a $15 royalty fee for each plate, as well $3.50 handling fee. The royalty money will go to CODOFIL for its Escadrille Louisiane scholarship program.


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