Roundup: East Feliciana super departs / ADHD diagnoses / Jazz Fest in jeopardy

    Retirement: East Feliciana Public Schools Superintendent Carlos Sam released a letter to school board members Tuesday stating he will not seek an extension on his contract, set to expire at the end of the fiscal year, the school district announced. Sam was hired by the East Feliciana Parish School Board in May 2015 after working 26 years in the East Baton Rouge Parish Public School System, where he last served as associate superintendent.

    Paying attention: A new report by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association found that rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder diagnosis are significantly increasing, especially for children. In 2017, about 2.4 million commercially insured American children were diagnosed with the condition, climbing more than 30% over the past eight years. This makes ADHD the second most impactful health condition on children’s health in the U.S. Read the full report.  

    Not jazzed: Industry groups are warning that oil and gas companies could pull their money out of New Orleans, including major corporate sponsorships, following the city filing a lawsuit seeking damages for coastal wetlands losses, NOLA.com reports. Two major events, the French Quarter Festival and Jazz Fest, have energy companies as its main sponsors. Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s legal team filed suit Friday (March 30) seeking damages from Entergy and 10 oil and gas companies for coastal wetlands loss. Chevron, one of the defendants, has been a title sponsor the French Quarter Festival since 2013. Read the full story.

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