RS 17:1970.32     

§1970.32. International school in Lafayette; exploratory committee; creation; membership; terms; duties and functions; voting; compensation

            A. There is hereby created an exploratory committee, hereinafter referred to as "committee", to develop a plan regarding the creation and establishment of an international language immersion school at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The membership of the committee shall be as follows:

            (1) The executive director of the Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning, or his designee.

            (2) The executive director of Le Centre International De Lafayette, or his designee.

            (3) One member to represent the French Consulate, appointed by the Consulate General of France in New Orleans, who shall serve as an ex officio member.

            (4) Two members of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, appointed by the chairman thereof.

            (5) The city-parish president of Lafayette Parish, or his designee.

            (6) The superintendent of schools for the Lafayette Parish School System, or his designee.

            (7) One member to represent the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, appointed by the president of the chamber.

            (8) One member of the Senate whose district is located in Lafayette Parish.

            (9) Two members of the House of Representatives whose districts are located in Lafayette Parish.

            (10) A member of the Senate who is a member of the Acadiana delegation and whose district does not include Lafayette Parish, appointed by the president of the Senate.

            (11) A member of the House of Representatives who is a member of the Acadiana delegation and whose district does not include Lafayette Parish, appointed by the speaker of the House.

            (12) The state superintendent of education, or his designee.

            (13) The president of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, or his designee.

            (14) The president of the Lafayette Economic Development Authority, or his designee.

            B. The committee shall:

            (1) Consider the location, structure, management, and operation of an international language immersion school.

            (2) Research potential agreements, in accordance with applicable law, with other public agencies with respect to developing partnerships and cooperative enterprises and undertakings related to or associated with an educational purpose or educational program affecting education at the school.

            (3) Provide for the collaboration and partnership with similarly designed schools.

            (4) Determine the curriculum to be offered at the school, including French as the primary immersion language and consider the addition of other languages to the curriculum, including but not limited to Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.

            (5) Establish criteria to be used in determining eligibility of students for enrollment.

            (6) Determine the number of students to be served by the school.

            (7) Determine the number and type of faculty and staff positions necessary for the efficient operation of the school.

            (8) Determine the budget necessary for the operation of the school.

            (9) Determine the feasibility of opening the school by the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.

            (10) Provide for the consideration of any other item or requirement that may be necessary to establish an international language immersion school.

            C. Nine members of the committee shall constitute a quorum and all official action of the committee shall require the favorable vote of a majority of those members present and voting. All members of the committee, including ex officio members, shall be voting members.

            D. Members of the committee shall serve until such time as the school is established and begins operation.

            E. Members of the committee shall serve without compensation.

            Acts 2012, No. 851, §1, eff. June 14, 2012.