Around Livingston for Dec. 19, 2013

The Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association has elected Randy Rogers, of the Livingston Economic Development Council, to serve on the 2014 officers and board of directors.

LIDEA, an association of economic development professionals, is a nonprofit trade organization whose mission is to increase the effectiveness of individuals who work to improve economic development in Louisiana through education, public policy advocacy, and collaboration. LIDEA is the voice of the profession in Louisiana.

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Walker appointments

Denham Springs lawyer Todd Caruso will serve as Walker City Court magistrate judge, following a unanimous vote from the Walker City Council on Dec. 9.

Caruso replaces Albany lawyer Jeff Oglesbee, who was elected in October to serve as the first family court judge for the 21st Judicial District, which serves Livingston, Tangipahoa and St. Helena parishes.

The council also approved the appointment of Denham Springs lawyer Michael Cupid to serve as Walker’s city attorney and prosecutor, a part-time position.

Shelter grant

Walker will apply for a $20,000 grant to provide a quarantine room at the city’s animal shelter.

The quarantine room will help the shelter isolate animals for medical observation before introducing them to the population of adoptable animals, said Fred Raiford, the city’s chief of operations.

The Local Government Assistance Program will provide about $600,000 in grants to selected projects in 2014, and city officials are confident in their chances to secure $20,000 for the shelter, Raiford said.

Officials also have budgeted $10,000 in city funds as a fallback option, in case only $10,000 in grant funds are awarded.

The city should have an answer on the grant application in May or June, Raiford said.

Board appointments

The Livingston Parish School Board on Thursday, Dec. 12, approved three appointments for administrative positions at parish schools.

Julie Dugas, who has been serving as substitute principal of Freshwater Elementary School in Denham Springs, had her contract extended through June 2014.

Dugas was named substitute principal June 24. She was named principal designee in 2009.

Dugas has 21 years of experience in education and taught at Southside Junior High School.

Kimberly Freeman was named substitute assistant principal at Springfield High School.

Freeman’s appointment lasts through June.

Freeman has more than 12 years of experience in education and has worked as an administrative assistant at Springfield High since 2011. She used to be a teacher at the school.

Amy Carter was named substitute assistant principal at Albany High School. Her appointment also lasts through June.

Carter has 24 years of experience in education. She has been a teacher at Albany High School since 1990.

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