West Feliciana resumes counseling program

The West Feliciana Parish School Board voted Tuesday to resume a career counseling program it dropped several years ago when state funding was frozen.

The money to resume the program is coming from a federal grant routed through Baton Rouge Community College, Supervisor Al Lemoine told the board.

In a joint agreement with the community college and Career Compass of Louisiana, a nonprofit organization, a counselor will visit West Feliciana High School every other Friday to offer assistance to students applying for college or vocational schools, Lemoine said.

The counselor, who lives in the parish, also works with guidance counselors to see that high school seniors “make a seamless transition to post-secondary education,” Lemoine said.

Career Compass is working with numerous other school districts in the state, including the Central and East Baton Rouge Parish systems.

The School Board formerly funded the program, but it was one of the programs dropped because of budget concerns, Lemoine said.

Other topics before the board included:

TOP STUDENTS: Board members recognized high school senior Connor Dixon, eighth-grader Claire Leming and fifth-grader Gabe Jewell, the school district’s 2012-13 Students of the Year.

High school Principal Jim Carroll said Dixon is active in the Beta and Thespian clubs and is “a tutor extraordinaire.”

When Leming’s name surfaced as the top middle school student, “we were not surprised, and her peers were not either,” Principal Ben Necaise said.

Bains Elementary Principal Abby Cochran said Jewell emerged from a tough interview with praise from the interviewing panel. “You would not believe how well he speaks,” she said of the fifth-grader.