High Flying Owls replace Chalmette Refining as Academic Games donor

During a February appearance before the St. Bernard Parish Council, Chalmette Refining Manager Jerry Forstell said some of his plant’s philanthropic endeavors in the parish could be “impacted” by the council’s decision on a pair of tax exemptions. Like the St. Bernard Public School Board, the Parish Council denied the exemptions, and the first major impact was announced this week.

During the March 26 SBPSB meeting in Chalmette, the school board welcomed the High Flying Owls, an endowment of the St. Bernard Kiwanis Foundation, as this year’s sponsor of the school district’s Academic Games team. The team will travel to Orlando in late April to take part in the national competition thanks to a $6,000 donation from the High Flying Owls.

Superintendent Doris Voitier didn’t mention Chalmette Refining by name, but she did make note that “the long-running sponsor of the Academic Games was unable to sponsor this year,” and that the High Flying Owls stepped in shortly afterward. After the meeting, she added “we just got a call saying it was not in (Chalmette Refining’s) budget for the year.”



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