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Board’s insurance premiums up 21%

The St. Martin School Board approved the renewal of its overall insurance policies during a special “virtual” meeting conducted last Wednesday, April 15.
Attending in person were Superintendent Allen Blanchard Jr., board president Russell Foti and members Richard Potier and Frederic Stelly.
Other board members and staff participated via internet connections.

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Modified meeting – The St. Martin Parish Council conducted its April 16 meeting with attendance and spacing to satisfy Governor John Bel Edwards’ recommendations for a limit of ten attendees and a six-foot spacing. Four of the nine members participated via video conference. Meeting frequency has been reduced to one per month.(Karl Jeter)

Cedars sees no need to trim parish workforce

Parish President Chester Cedars is not anticipating the need to lay off workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the April 16 parish council meeting, Cedars said that the parish is continuing with its business, but it’s not “business not as usual.” Considerable changes have been made to comply with Governor John Bel Edwards’ orders and provide for the safety of both workers and residents.

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Gaming gone

As non-essential businesses, casinos and video poker machines around the parish have been shut down as part of the effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Local municipalities have been impacted by the loss of tax revenues from these operations with St. Martinville particularly hard hit, with the city laying off 29 of its 96 employees.
(Karl Jeter)

St. M’ville lays off workers as revenue drops

With city revenues down due to the stay-at-home order issued last month by Governor John Bel Edwards in response to the coronavirus pandemic and closures of tax-producing businesses, the city has significantly reduced its workforce.
The city council approved the layoff of 25 part-time and two full-time employees during a special meeting on April 14.

Harvard study warns of prolonged lockdown

Harvard University epidemiologists are warning that eradicating COVID-19 from the United States may take a lot longer than anyone wants to hear. As Louisiana broke above the milestone of over 1,000 Coronavirus deaths this week, Science magazine published the findings of Harvard researchers who summarized that Americans could see recurring COVID outbreaks as far out as the year 2024.

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