PPEL: Power of Public Education Lafayette will hold a free public forum on the Louisiana Department of Education’s school accountability system on Monday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Clifton Chenier Auditorium, 220 W. Willow St.

The forum is designed to help the public understand how the state assigns letter grades to public schools.

“This is a public forum to dig into what it means for a school to ‘earn’ a letter grade. What is the purpose? What components make up the grade at each grade-level? Is it providing information that parents, teachers and administrators want and need to improve student learning in schools?“ said Ann Burruss, member of PPEL executive board, in a news release.

Forum panelists include: Tom Spencer, Lafayette Parish School System’s accountability director; Noel Hammatt, an education researcher and former East Baton Rouge Parish school board member; Frank Del Favero, an education professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette; and Ascension Parish Schools Superintendent Patrice Pujol, who is a member of the state’s Accountability Commission.

Parent volunteers needed

Parents Empowered will hold a recruitment meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Komen Acadiana Foundation, 303 Chance St., to recruit parents to serve as school representatives.

Parents Empowered is a districtwide group for Lafayette Parish School System parents. At the event, parents will learn more about the group’s mission, vision and goals and how to engage parents in their own school communities.

The event and meeting is free; however, registration is encouraged. Visit http://parentsempowered-sept9.eventbrite.com to reserve your seat. For more information email Parents Empowered at parentsempowerednow@gmail.com.

Therapeutic recreation offered

The Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department new weekly therapeutic recreation program for adults who have a disability starts at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Domingue Recreation Center, 901 Mudd Ave.

The program will meet from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. every Wednesday and is open to adults 21 and older with a disability.

For more information, call (337) 291-5558.

Book sale benefits library

The Friends of the Lafayette Public Library fall book sale kicks off with a members-only preview Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Heymann Convention Center ballroom, 1373 S. College Road.

Memberships may be purchased at the door and membership levels range from $5 to a lifetime membership of $100.

The sale is open to the public on Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Friends of the Lafayette Public Library provides supplemental funding to the library system to help pay for projects not covered by the library’s budget.

Books are priced by the inch. Paperbacks are 50 cents per inch and hardbacks are $1 per inch. Some special books are priced slightly higher.

The public may also bid on special book selections during the Friends’ Silent Auction now through Sept. 26 at the South Regional Library, 6101 Johnston St.

For more information, visit: friendsofthelafayettelibrary.org

Five named to hall of fame

The Lafayette Bar Association inducted five Lafayette attorneys to its first class of Hall of Fame honorees during a banquet held Sept. 4.

Hall of Fame inductees are: Kaliste Saloom Jr., James E. Diaz Sr., Robert McBride, Harmon F. Roy and Bob Wright.

Also honored were Frank X. Neuner and Gary McGoffin with the President’s Award and Kevin Blanchard with the Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.

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