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Erath Police Chief Anna Lapointe updates School Superintendent Brad Prudhomme (back turned) on the bomb threat situation.

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An Erath fire truck blocks off the street in front of Erath Middle and Erath High School.

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School Superintendent Brad Prudhomme talks with members of the Vermilion Parish Sheriff Office deputies who were manning the Sheriff's command unit parked in front of Erath City Hall.

Erath schools, church cleared of bomb

Update: As of 11:35 a.m. the schools and church have been cleared and the students are back in school in Erath.
Erath Police Chief Anna LaPointe will begin looking at video from the school bus where the note was found. She said she is hoping to locate who left the note by the end of the day on Wednesday.

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Dozier Elementary student in Erath allegedly left bomb threat note on bus last week

Students and staff of three Erath schools were evacuated Friday because of a bomb threat note written allegedly by a student from Dozier Elementary, according to Erath Police Chief Anna LaPointe.
On Monday, the Erath police viewed video from the bus where the note was found and determined it was a student under the age of 10-years-old, who allegedly wrote and left the note.
No criminal charges will be filed against the child because the child was under the age of 10, LaPointe said.
She did not release the name of the student because of the age of the student.

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Jerome Puyau will no longer have the superintendent title in front of his name. He will, however, be the new school district's "consultant for the new superintendent" for the next nine months. His salary will be $12,000 a month until September of 2020.

Puyau is no longer superintendent; but will collect a $12,000 a month check from the school district

Superintendent Jerome Puyau era has ended with the Vermilion Parish School Board; however, he will still be employed with the Vermilion Parish School system and will be collecting a $12,000 a month salary for the next nine months.
At Thursday’s meeting, by a vote of 8-0, the school board has agreed to accept an offer ironed out between Puyau’s lawyer and the school board lawyer.
Bob Hammonds, the school board’s attorney, read to the public what the settlement agreement is.

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Superintendent Jerome Puyau tells central office employees that Vermilion Parish now has the second best school district in Louisiana.

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Central Office employees hold up No. 2 to show the new state rankings.

Vermilion Parish School System is now the second best school system in Louisiana

Vermilion Parish School Superintendent Jerome Puyau was almost in tears when he made the big announcement Wednesday at 11 a.m.
Central Office employees gathered outside under the giant oak tree to hear the great news from Puyau.
He told the central office employees and sent out an email to every school employee that the Vermilion Parish School system now the second-best school district in Louisiana.
“This was a team effort,” said Puyau.

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Vermilion Parish Election Results

Vermilion Parish Sheriff

• Mike Couvillon ..........,10,421 (56%)
• Lance Broussard............8,061 (44%)

Vermilion Parish Police Jury

Police Jury District 3
• Brent Landry..................783 (61%)
• Kerry Richard................492 (39 %)

Police Jury District 5
• Wayne Touchet ...................1,030 (82%)
• Barbara Boudreaux Adams..232 (18%)

Police Jury District 6
•Mark Poche.....................1,123 (74%)
• Al Harrington....................395 (26%)



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