WBR recognizes teachers of the year

The West Baton Rouge Parish School Board and the school system’s superintendent recognized the parish’s 2014-15 teachers of the year at a recent board meeting.

Ashley Rills was designated the parish’s elementary teacher of the year, Susan Tullier took home the title for the middle school level, and Danielle Lamotte was named the district’s high school teacher of the year for 2014-15.

The School Board, at its Sept. 17 meeting, also honored 25 employees with perfect attendance for the 2013-14 school year by giving them a little extra money to spend.

The board rewarded 20 full-time teachers with $500 for never calling in sick, while five support staff members each got a $400 check for never missing a day of work.

Medical complex expo

The public is invited to the Ochsner Iberville Information Expo at the Iberville Parish Council of Aging from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

Ochsner officials will be present to answer questions about medical services being offered at the new medical complex in Iberville — currently under construction — job availability, health care quality information, insurance and much more.

The $20 million medical facility is expected to open in December.

The 43,000-square-foot facility has been under construction since June 2012 on a 27-acre site off La. 1 near Senator Gay Boulevard in Plaquemine.

The facility, designed by Grace & Hebert Architects, will feature 24 patient exam/procedure rooms, two of which will be trauma rooms, and lab and radiology services that will include X-ray, CAT scan, MRI, ultrasound and mammography.

The complex will have seven health care providers, including three primary care physicians, a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant, an OB-GYN or certified nurse midwife, two rotating specialists on-site at the clinic and a free-standing emergency center that officials said will be able to immediately treat any emergency needs of the parish’s many chemical and industrial plants.

Mayor, ministers to meet

Port Allen Mayor Richard Lee will host a breakfast meeting with city ministers at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 1 to discuss their vision for the city.

The meeting, taking place in the council meeting room on the third floor in City Hall, is the mayor’s effort to gauge how to move the city forward in the wake of its recent turmoil.

“This breakfast meeting is another effort to bring the community together by getting input from our ministers about community issues and needs,” Lee said in a news release. “We want to get all aspects of our community involved in improving Port Allen.”

Ministers who want to attend should RSVP by calling Port Allen City Hall at (225) 346-5670.

Women’s roles in wartime

The West Baton Rouge Museum will hold a lunchtime lecture at noon Wednesday titled “Patriots, Protestors and Producers: Women’s Lives During the World War I Era.”

The lecture is being presented by historian Catherine Jacquet, assistant professor of history and women’s and gender studies at LSU.

Jacquet will discuss the significant roles women played on the home front and in the field during the WWI era.

The event is free and open to the public.

Submit news to Terry Jones by phone, (225) 326-6627; fax, (225) 344-0099; or email, tjones@theadvocate.com.