SPONSORED: Go Sharks!

Before Southside High School in Youngsville opened its doors this August, nearly 50 years had passed since a new high school was built in Lafayette Parish. Back then, the city of Youngsville was still a village — much different from the thriving community it is now with nearly 700 students enrolled in the city’s first public high school.

“The growth in Youngsville has been so rapid in the time I’ve been in office,” said Mayor Ken Ritter. “We’ve tried to shift the paradigm to be about quality and not quantity and the school will help define our community.”

That community has already been identifying with Southside. With sports beginning ahead of the first day of class and parents enthusiastic to be part of the school’s first class of students, the Southside spirit is strong with Sharks apparel on just about every corner! The school is considered marvelously modern, built around a new way of learning, driven by technology. The visuals alone differ from any other high school in the region. “We’re proud to have it in Youngsville,” Ritter said. “It was certainly needed and was a collective effort of a lot of people from the leadership of the school board and the superintendent who made it a priority.”

The mammoth project only took 14 months to complete with The Lemoine Company at the helm. “It’s a campus that everyone in the parish should be proud of,” Ritter said. “It’s very modern.” The look of the building and the disparity between it and other Lafayette Parish public schools has come under fire, by some. Something to which Ritter is aware. “There has been chatter that it’s too much money and some criticism there. But, I think that’s short sighted,” Ritter said. “It makes me wonder if the same argument was made 50 years ago when other schools were built. What was the issue at that time? They didn’t want to put in air conditioners?”

Ritter says the campus, equipped for a technology-driven learning experience from glass-walled classrooms and lockers with chargers that are more the size of a safety deposit box than the traditional size, is better prepared for the future. “Historically, we ask people why they move to Youngsville — the quality of schools has been a top reason. All our schools are A or B rated,” Ritter said. “Southside High will propel that forward.”

We wish every new student, parent, faculty and staff member a wonderful year at Southside High School.

Go Sharks!

BREAKING: Sexual Harassment Claims Precede Resignation In Governor’s Office

Over the past week sources have confirmed to LaPolitics that sexual allegations were going to be leveled against one of Gov. John Bel

Turkey Talking, Fool! (Rick Ward & The Presidents)

In this week's episode of The Lowdown we're talking turkey, fool! And you better believe that Louisiana politicians, like Sen. Rick

They Said It

These were first published for subscribers to LaPolitics Weekly on Nov. 2 and Oct. 26, 2017. Wish you had read it then? Subscribe

Sponsored: A Little Bit Beltway, A Little Bit Bayou

Paige Hensgens Hightower has the best of both worlds – a little bit Beltway and a little bit bayou. Her love for Capitol Hill and her heart

Four Reasons to be Thankful This Week

If you’re a longtime subscriber to LaPolitics Weekly, or if you’ve been with The Tuesday Tracker since the beginning, then you already know

JBE & DXC

Back home in Reilly’s Banana Republican, the governor’s comms shop whipped the press corps into a frenzy Sunday afternoon by sending out an

J-B-E, THE D-E-Ms & SOME P-D-A

There’s already a followup to our recent analysis about Gov. John Bel Edwards’ rising political stock among Democrats nationally. Check

Happy Birthday, Trackers!

— Tuesday 11/14: Austin Stukins — Wednesday 11/15: Ryan Berni, Andy Kopplin, Matt Dardenne, Aaron Eggleston and Pam Bounds — Thursday

The Beltway Beat

— Congressman Steve Scalise honored his security detail saviors from the Congressional Baseball game practice shooting at the United States

Political Chatter

— The AP’s Melinda Deslatte wrote these words about the Medicaid contract extensions on Joint Budget’s agenda Friday: “Despite pushback from

LOWDOWN VIDEO: 6 Rules For Negative Warfare

Politics can of course be a dirty business. But so can your job. And maybe even your life. To help you fade the heat, here are

Sponsored: Why The Rural Hospital Coalition Is Important

More than half the hospitals in the United States are rural facilities. But, singularly, the institutions lack the voice of their larger

Dedicated Funds Get Another Look

This story was first published for subscribers to LaPolitics Weekly on Oct. 19, 2017. Wish you would have read it then? Subscribe

Who Is Ken Brass?

  This story was first published for subscribers to LaPolitics Weekly on Oct. 19, 2017. Wish you would have read it then? Subscribe

Another House Special Election

This story was first published for subscribers to LaPolitics Weekly on Oct. 19, 2017. Wish you would have read it then? Subscribe now! If

Tough Night For Higgins, Richmond

This story was first published for subscribers to LaPolitics Weekly on Oct. 19, 2017. Wish you would have read it then? Subscribe

WELCOME TO THE RUNOFF

This story was first published for subscribers to LaPolitics Weekly on Oct. 19, 2017. Wish you would have read it then? Subscribe

Back Home in the Banana Republic…

Here’s the latest buzz, condensed: — A few folks in New Orleans and some Democrats are warning that the race for treasurer could be tighter

Happy Birthday, Trackers!

— Tuesday 11/07: Rep. Randall Gaines, late Sen. Armand Brinkhaus (1935) and Stephanie Durand Robin — Wednesday 11/08: Late Gov. Henry

The Beltway Beat

— U.S. Sen. John Kennedy: “If you try to design a more irrational immigration program than the Diversity Visa Lottery Program, you couldn’t

Political Chatter

— Congressman Cedric Richmond has endorsed Derrick Edwards for treasurer. — Sen. Neil Riser has endorsed former Rep. John Schroder for

LaHistory: Zach Attack

The first week of November, as always, brings with it another Tracker-terrific look at Zachary Taylor — a reluctant president. It was 169

PODCAST ROYALE: Edwards vs. Landry

Sen. Dan Claitor calls them “The Odd Couple.” Although he comically stops short of identifying who is Oscar Madison and who is Felix

LOWDOWN VIDEO: Top 10 Don’ts of Campaigning In Louisiana

There are a lot of things that candidates should never do while campaigning in Louisiana. From staffing and social media to fundraising and

National Interest Knocks For The Governor

While there might be a fair share of haters and doubters in Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ national fan club appears to be