LUTCHER — The St. James Parish school district’s first few days of classes have passed smoothly with only a few “hiccups,” including separate power failures at two district elementary schools, St. James Parish Schools Superintendent Alonzo Luce said Tuesday.
The larger power failure occurred around 9 a.m. Tuesday at Vacherie Elementary School after someone ran into a power pole in town, Luce told members of the School Board at their meeting Tuesday evening.
The school was able to continue classes without air conditioning and provide lunch to students by using a nearby school’s cafeteria to cook pizza, Luce said. Power was restored shortly after 1 p.m., Luce said.
The second power failure occurred for about an hour on Monday at Paulina Elementary School when a transformer blew, Luce said.
The district’s first day of classes was Aug. 8.
Other than these issues and some parents’ concern with school bus transportation and routes, Luce said of the first few days of classes, “I think it did open very well.”
Luce told board members that early school enrollment figures display a demographic trend common to St. James Parish over recent years: School enrollment has decreased in the southwest portion of the parish as new industries locate there, driving residents to the northeast portion of the parish.
In other business, school district architect Perry Segura said construction of the new St. James Parish High School football stadium is expected to be completed by the school’s first scheduled football game in September.