VILLE PLATTE — Business Manager Amy LaFleur informed the Evangeline Parish School Board on Wednesday of the rate increase for its group medical plans.

Lafleur said 640 employees are enrolled in the various medical plans provided by the State Office of Group Benefits.

It was learned the School Board share will increase by $205,806 next year.

The individual employee rates will increase anywhere from $7.38 to $24.22 a month.

The group plan enrollment period also has moved from April to October each year.

Employees will have until Nov. 2 to choose between a PPO plan administered by the State Office of Group benefits or the HMO plan administered by Blue Cross.

Most school district employees are under the Blue Cross plan.

In other business, Superintendent Toni Hamlin announced school employees will be required to take an ethics training course conducted by the state Board of Ethics.

The Ethics Board has declared all employees are considered public servants.

All 900 school district employees will undergo the ethics training this school year.

Hamlin also said Sarah Thomas, a chemistry, physics and math teacher at Mamou High School, has been recognized by the National Science Teachers Association and the Dow Chemical for her accomplishments.

The board also approved the low quote of Lafayette Music of $15,629 for a new public address system at the Pine Prairie High School gym.