Lafayette groups seeking input to prepare for school board elections

The Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and its partner organizations are continuing with the series of roundtable discussions to gather feedback on community priorities for the upcoming fall Lafayette Parish School Board elections.

The next set of sessions begins Saturday. Topics for the discussion include school system governance, the district’s educational turnaround plan known as 100 Percent In, 100 Percent Out, facilities and equipment, Common Core State Standards and charter schools.

The sessions are organized in partnership with the705, 100 Black Men of Greater Lafayette, the Community Foundation of Acadiana, Concerned Citizens for Good Government, the Greater Southwest Louisiana Black Chamber, the State of Greater Black Lafayette, Upper Lafayette Economic Development Foundation and United Way of Acadiana. The organizations are members of the Lafayette Public Education Stakeholders Council.

The feedback from the forums will help shape the organizations’ priorities in preparation for the School Board elections, said Jason El Koubi, president and CEO of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.

“Community input is an important part of how many area organizations, including the Lafayette Public Education Stakeholders Council, develop their policy priorities, and we feel that the best way to learn is to listen,” El Koubi said.

The moderated roundtable discussions, which began March 13, continue on the following dates:

Saturday: 10 a.m. to noon at South Louisiana Community College auditorium, 320 Devalcourt St.

Tuesday: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at MLK Center, 309 Cora St.

Thursday: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Cimation, 425 Settlers Trace Blvd., Suite 100.

The forums are free and open to the public, though registration is required. To register, visit