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  • School Board Approves Changes to District Calendar

    Posted by District on 8/6/2020 5:30:00 PM

    The St. Mary Parish School Board has voted to enact the changes to the district's School Calendar proposed by Dr. Teresa Bagwell at the Special Session held on Thursday, August 6, at 4:00 PM. 

    The changes to the school calendar were based on several factors, including

    • the importance of providing additional preparation time as teachers transition to virtual instruction.
    • the desire to share more information with parents about their role when choosing a virtual education for their children.
    • the concerns of parents about returning their children to traditional learning in the face of a COVID-19 pandemic.
    • the need to ensure that the technology to make online learning work was ready to be deployed.

    The Board's vote postpones the first day of school for St. Mary Parish students to Tuesday, Sept. 8. 

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  • SMP School Board Announces Special Meeting

    Posted by District on 8/5/2020 3:50:00 PM

    The St. Mary Parish School Board has issued an agenda for a special session on Thursday, August 6, at 4:00 PM to discuss adjustments to the 2020-2021 School Calendar.  This meeting will be livestreamed by KQKI and will be held in the Evans Medine Meeting Room at the Central Office Complex in Centerville.

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  • Public Hearing for Consolidated Budget Announced

    Posted by District on 7/31/2020

    A Public Hearing will be held at 4:45 PM (prior to the regular scheduled meeting of the St. Mary Parish School Board) on Thursday, August 13, 2020, at the Central Office Complex in Centerville, Louisiana, for the purpose of review and input from the general public on the following:

    1. Consolidated Budget for the Year Ending June 30, 2021. (General Fund, Special Revenue Funds, and all other Funds of the St. Mary Parish School Board.)

    NOTE: This Consolidated Budget is available for public inspection at the Central Office Complex located at 474 Hwy. 317, Centerville, LA.

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  • 2020-21 Leadership Appointments

    Posted by District on 7/29/2020 8:00:00 PM

    From Dr. Bagwell: 

    The St. Mary Parish School System has released leadership appointments for the 2020-2021 school year today. The following appointments are the result of retirements and recently approved organizational changes designed to consolidate district-level staff. 

    • Ms. Debra McClarity, Director of Federal Programs
    • Ms. Chrissy Harrison, Coordinator of Elementary Special Services
    • Ms. Gidget Everitt, Instructional Specialist
    • Ms. Crystal Daigle, Instructional Specialist

    While the district works to prepare for the successful reopening of public schools and classrooms, the newly installed district leaders will play a pivotal role in solidifying an educational organization that is fiscally conservative and fully dedicated to investing in the incomparable education of children.

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  • Withdrawal of Sales Tax Measure on Behalf of St. Mary Schools

    Posted by District on 7/29/2020 7:00:00 PM

    In December, the board voted to begin the process of placing a sales tax measure on the ballot that would make St. Mary Parish teacher salaries competitive with surrounding parishes in a effort to recruit and retain certified teachers. 

    The sales tax measure that was slated to appear on the August ballot has been withdrawn by the St. Mary Parish School Board. This action was taken in consideration of the economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic, as well as discrepancies with the language of the ballot itself. Board members agreed that is was most appropriate to withdraw the tax measure given the critical circumstances faces by local citizens. 

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  • SMP School Calendar Revisions

    Posted by District on 7/24/2020 8:00:00 AM

    From Dr. Bagwell:

    The St. Mary Parish School Board approved an adjustment to the school calendar for 2020-2021 to incorporate a graduated start for students beginning on August 10. These changes were proposed and approved by the board in an effort to allow schools additional time for training and preparation as we adjust to the many changes associated with reopening.  

    Students will now return on August 10 and will be divided into two groups, with one group attending school on Monday/Wednesday and the second group on Tuesday/Thursday. This will allow all schools time to introduce and practice routines and procedures new to a school’s daily schedule with small groups before we reopen under the Phase 2 guidelines on Monday, August 17.

    Further, two additional professional development days on Friday. August 7. and Friday, August 14will offer teachers and administrators time to prepare for and assess needed adjustments. It is hoped that these minor calendar revisions will help initiate a positive and efficient start to an unprecedented school year.

    The 180-Day School Calendar can always be found under Parents/Students | Basic Information | Calendar  or Employees | Calendars on this website. 

    Revised Calendar

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  • Learning Environment Commitment Form Released

    Posted by District on 7/21/2020

    Parents and legal guardians who wish to commit to virtual learning for Fall 2020 for their children should complete the appropriate attached form. This form will serve as the official enrollment form for virtual learning. 

    • Read the form carefully, checking off all boxes to indicate understanding of the requirements for virtual learning.  A printed copy of these forms can also be picked up in any school's office.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Email or drop off the form to the child's assigned school by Monday, July 27.

    Commitment Form: Grades K-8  (Spanish Version)

    Commitment Form: Grades 9-12 (Spanish Version)

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  • Instructional Continuity Plan

    Posted by District on 7/10/2020

    The St. Mary Parish School Board recognizes that there may be occasions that require the closure of district schools, including events such as weather and health emergencies. If an emergency occurs, the district will make every effort to ensure that educational opportunities for our students can continue while they are at home. In the past few years, the district has acquired a comprehensive collection of online content and digital resources that can be accessed from locations beyond our traditional school sites. The district will provide mobile devices for students to check out for home use to support continuing learning without interruption. The district will also extend internet access to users via school and community hot spots.

    The district’s Instructional Continuity Plan (ICP) has four primary components: Content Delivery, Implementation, Mobile Devices, and Internet Access.

    • Implementation offers sample schedules for situations where to traditional school attendance must be altered or suspended.
    • Content Delivery explains which resources students will use for core instruction and which materials can be used as supplemental resources to enhance core instruction.
    • Mobile Devices provides the steps the district is taking to ensure that district students who need mobile devices to access instructional resources will be provided with one, upon request, for the duration of the school closure period.
    • Internet Access    for students poses the greatest challenge to ensuring that our students can continue their studies while at home. Partnership with service providers is crucial to providing free or reduced-cost internet service to students if district schools must close due to emergency situations.

    The district has developed a webpage with information for parents and students about this plan. The website is located at and included the latest version of the Instructional Continuity Plan. 

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  • Additional News Items

    Posted by District on 7/1/2020

    Additional new items can be found on the District News Archive page. 

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Superintendent's Welcome

  • Welcome to the St. Mary Parish Schools Website

    Dr. Bagwell

    On behalf of the St. Mary Parish Schools community, it is my distinct privilege to welcome you to our district’s webpage. This site serves as a virtual platform for a wide array of information about our district and its twenty-one school sites.
    We are very proud of the accomplishments that our district has made in academic growth, and we will continue to strive for further advancements by offering a variety of programs and services in our efforts to reach every student. St. Mary Parish Schools is fortunate to have a remarkably dedicated and highly-qualified staff focused on providing students with an exceptional educational experience that will prepare them for life after high school graduation. Our schools offer an array of extracurricular activities, and we encourage students to get involved beyond the classroom. As educators, we consider it a sacred trust to guide our students in a path of learning that will be challenging, relevant, and purposeful.

    Thank you for visiting our website and for entrusting the future of St. Mary Parish to our schools.
    --Dr. Teresa Bagwell, Superintendent of St. Mary Parish Schools


  • Be Wary of Open Enrollment Scams

    Posted by Susan Dupre on 11/13/2019

    Two important deadlines are quickly approaching for adding or changing your health coverage if you use one of the following options: 

    • Medicare:  December 7
    • Affordable Care Act (ACA): December 15

    Gretchen Abraham from the FTC's Division of Consumer & Business Education has shared the following tips on the Federal Trade Commission's website to help you avoid being scammed:

    For Medicare:

    • There are no Medicare sales representatives. Anyone who tried to sell you Medicare insurance is a scammer. 
    • You do NOT have to join a prescription drug plan to keep your Medicare insurance. Medicare Part D is voluntary and has nothing to do with your regular Medicare coverage.
    • Telephone scammers posing as "official agents" may ask for personal information, offer free equipment or services, ask for a quick payment, or threaten you. Just hang up.
    • Help with Medicare is available at or 1-800-MEDICARE.

    For Affordable Care Act:

    • Compare plans and quality ratings at, where you can also enroll.
    • This year, you can also sign up for an ACA plan directly with certain certified partners.  Make sure a company is on the Certified Partner list before giving them your information. 
    • After you apply for ACA, you may get a phone call from the Marketplace asking you to verify information or supply additional information. If you are unsure about trusting the caller, ask the representative to mail you a letter with instructions for completing your application.
    • Help for ACA is available from the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596.  You can also meet with a local assistant in your community who will offer free assistance. Local assistance can be found through the Local Assistance tool.
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  • SMP CyberSAFE Archives

    Posted by Susan Dupre on 8/5/2019

    See past postings at the SMP CyberSAFE archives page.

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Character Counts!

  • August 10, 2020 - August 14, 2020

    Posted by Gidget Everitt on 8/6/2020

    Welcome Back!

    Staff: "We can do this. We are educators. We were born to make a difference." -Rita Pierson


    Students: "I hope you will have a wonderful year, that you'll dream dangerously and outrageously, that you'll make something that didn't exist before you made it, that you will be loved and that you will be liked, and that you will have people to love and like in return. And, most importantly (because I think there should be more kindness and more wisdom in the world right now), that you will, when you need to be, be wise, and that you will always be kind."  -Neil Gaiman

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