Acadia Parish Schools, Louisiana

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Acadia Parish Schools
Crowley, Louisiana
Acadia Parish Schools logo.gif
District Profile
Superintendent:John E. Bourque
Enrollment:9,657
Graduation rate:82.4%[1]
Number of schools:27
Budget: $92,173,000
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Douglas J. LaCombe (I)
Board members:8 partisan
Term length:4 years
Acadia Parish Schools is a school district in Louisiana. It was incorporated on July 11, 1887.[2] In the 2011-2012 school year, Acadia Parish Schools was the 20th-largest school district in Louisiana and served 9,657 students.[3]

About the district

Acadia Parish Schools is located in Acadia Parish, Louisiana.
Acadia Parish Schools is located in southern Louisiana in Acadia Parish. Crowley is the seat of the parish government. Acadia Parish was home to approximately 62,204 residents according to 2013 estimates by the United States Census Bureau.[4]

Demographics

Acadia Parish underperformed compared to the rest of Louisiana in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 9.9 percent of Acadia Parish residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 21.4 percent for Louisiana as a whole. The median household income for the parish was $38,686 compared to $44,673 statewide. The poverty rate in the parish was 19.1 percent compared to 18.7 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2013[4]
Race Acadia Parish (%) Louisiana (%)
White 79.7 63.5
Black or African American 18.3 32.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.8
Asian 0.4 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander >0.05 0.1
Two or More Races 1.3 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 2.0 4.7

Presidential Voting Pattern, Acadia Parish[5]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 6,560 19,931
2008 7,028 19,229
2004 8,927 16,083
2000 8,892 13,814

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[6]

Superintendent

The superintendent of Acadia Parish Schools is John E. Bourque.[7] Bourque previously served as the principal of Eunice High School in St. Landry Parish School Board from 1995 to 2002.[8]

School board

Acadia Parish Schools is overseen by a school board comprised of eight partisan members who are elected to represent geographical districts for four-year terms. Note that the partisan affiliation in the table below represents the affiliation which the officeholder held in his or her most recent election

Acadia Parish School Board
Member District Partisan
Affiliation
Assumed
Office
Term
Ends
Israel Syria 1 Democratic 2006 2018
Douglas J. LaCombe 2 Independent 2002 2018
Lynn Shamsie 3 Democratic N/A 2014
John Suire 4 Republican 2006 2018
David Lalande 5 Republican 2013 2018
Gene I. Daigle 6 Democratic 2002 2018
James Higginbotham Jr. 7 Independent 2006 2018
Milton Simar 8 Democratic 2006 2018

School board elections

See also: Acadia Parish Schools elections (2014)

The eight school board members are elected concurrently by district in partisan elections. This means that regular school board elections are held every four years with all eight members being up for re-election at that time. Additionally, all members are elected by a geographically defined district which they represent. Beginning with terms starting January 2015 or later, any member who, at the end of his or her term, has served more than two and one-half terms in the last three consecutive terms cannot be re-elected in the following term. However, they can be re-elected following the one term break. School board candidates in Louisiana are elected by majority vote, which means the winner must receive more than 50 percent of the votes cast. Candidates who are unopposed at the end of a candidate filing period are considered elected as of that date.[9]

Eight seats were up for general election on November 4, 2014. The next regular school board election will be held November 2018.

Public participation in board meetings

The Acadia Parish School Board does not maintain a policy on public testimony during board meetings on their website.

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Acadia Parish Schools:[10]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2010-2011 $63,561,000 69% $5,179,000 5.6% $23,121,000 25.1% $108,000 0.1% $204,000 0.2% $92,173,000
Averages: $63,561,000 69% $5,179,000 6% $23,121,000 25% $108,000 0% $204,000 0% $92,173,000

Teacher salaries

Teacher salaries in Acadia Parish Schools are categorized based on experience, demand and effectiveness. There are two base compensation scales: Category I for staff with bachelor's degrees and Category II for those with degrees beyond a bachelor's. A state provision allows for pay increases due to demand "since recruitment and retention are adversely impacted by the persistent poverty parish status." This provision is in effect district-wide for Acadia Parish. Additionally, staff may receive "Highly Effective" compensation following an assessment. The minimum base pay for Category I employees is $39,179 and the maximum is $49,102. The minimum base pay for Category II employees is $39,544 and the maximum is $50,452.[11]

Schools in Acadia Parish Schools

Enrollment

Acadia Parish Schools served 9,657 students in the 2011-2012 school year. The district does not publicly archive enrollment data.[3]

District schools

Acadia Parish Schools operates 27 schools listed below in alphabetical order:

Acadia Parish Schools
School Name
Acadia Parish Alternative School
Armstrong Middle School
Branch Elementary School
Central Rayne Kindergarten
Church Point Elementary School
Church Point High School
Church Point Middle School
Crowley High School
Crowley Kindergarten
Crowley Middle School
Egan Elementary School
Estherwood Elementary School
Evangeline Elementary School
Iota Elementary School
Iota High School
Iota Middle School
Martin Petitjean Elementary School
Mermentau Elementary School
Midland High School
Mire Elementary School
Morse Elementary School
North Crowley Elementary School
Rayne High School
Richard Elementary School
Ross Elementary School
South Crowley Elementary School
South Rayne Elementary School

Academic performance

Louisiana administers three main sets of tests: DIBELS Next, iLEAP and End-of-Course tests. Additionally, districts are given a letter ranking of A-F based on performance across all grades of students.

DIBELS Next

DIBELS Next is the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills test which is administered to K-3 students statewide. The test places students into one of three categories. Those who meet the benchmark levels are placed in the "core" category, indicating they only need core reading curriculum going forward. The other two categories indicate students who need "strategic" or "intensive" intervention in reading education. The following chart outlines the percentage of students in Acadia Parish Schools in each of the categories:[12]

DIBELS Next results[13]
Testing date Kindergarten 1st grade 2nd grade 3rd grade
Core (%) Strategic (%) Intensive (%) Core (%) Strategic (%) Intensive (%) Core (%) Strategic (%) Intensive (%) Core (%) Strategic (%) Intensive (%)
Spring 2013 83 10 7 60 18 22 60 17 23 63 16 21
Fall 2012 49 17 34 63 16 24 67 14 20 57 15 27
Spring 2012 78 15 7 61 15 23 56 19 25 56 16 28
Fall 2011 53 21 26 61 18 20 63 12 26 54 12 34

iLEAP and LEAP

Louisiana 3rd through 8th grade students statewide are tested annually in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. These tests are called iLEAP and LEAP. On both tests, students can earn the following scores:

  • Advanced: A student demonstrates superior performance in the subject.
  • Mastery: A student demonstrates competency of challenging subject matter and is well prepared for the next level of schooling.
  • Basic: A student demonstrates only fundamental knowledge and skills in the subject.
  • Approaching Basic: A student only partially demonstrates the fundamental knowledge and skills of the subject.
  • Unsatisfactory: A student does not demonstrate the fundamental knowledge and skills.[14]

Louisiana Department of Education website, (2014), [15]

The following table highlights the district's scores for the iLEAP and LEAP in the 2013-2014 school year:

'LEAP and iLEAP results, 2013-2014[13]
English:
3rd grade 4th grade 5th grade 6th grade 7th grade 8th grade
Advanced (%) 6 4 4 4 7 5
Mastery (%) 25 27 19 16 17 17
Basic (%) 44 43 46 41 42 44
Approaching Basic (%) 15 16 21 21 21 27
Unsatisfactory (%) 10 10 10 17 13 7
Math:
3rd grade 4th grade 5th grade 6th grade 7th grade 8th grade
Advanced (%) 13 21 6 8 5 5
Mastery (%) 30 26 18 13 11 7
Basic (%) 40 35 51 44 53 53
Approaching Basic (%) 10 9 13 20 18 19
Unsatisfactory (%) 7 10 12 17 14 16
Science:
3rd grade 4th grade 5th grade 6th grade 7th grade 8th grade
Advanced (%) 3 3 3 3 5 3
Mastery (%) 20 18 15 17 19 18
Basic (%) 46 46 50 41 41 44
Approaching Basic (%) 20 25 23 28 24 25
Unsatisfactory (%) 10 8 8 11 12 11
Social studies:
3rd grade 4th grade 5th grade 6th grade 7th grade 8th grade
Advanced (%) 2 ≤1 4 4 5 ≤1
Mastery (%) 14 15 12 12 14 12
Basic (%) 55 52 50 47 45 52
Approaching Basic (%) 18 20 24 24 27 24
Unsatisfactory (%) 11 12 11 13 10 12

End-of-course tests

High school students in Louisiana take end-of-course tests in algebra I, geometry, English II and III, biology and U.S. history. The students receive one of the following four scores on each test:

  • Excellent: A student demonstrates superior performance of the course content.
  • Good: A student demonstrates mastery of course content and is well prepared for the next level of coursework in the subject.
  • Fair: A student demonstrates only the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for the next level of coursework in the subject.
  • Needs Improvement: A student does not demonstrate the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for the next level of coursework in the subject.[14]

Louisiana Department of Education website, (2014), [16]

In the 2013-2014 school year, 56 percent of students taking end-of-course tests across all subjects in the district earned a good or excellent. This was down one percent from 57 percent in 2012-2013.[13]

District letter grade

Louisiana uses a letter grade system of A through F to describe school performance scores. The table on the right outlines the district's letter score by year. The scores are based on the following measurements:

A-F Letter Grade Results[17]
Year Performance
score
Letter
grade
2014 89.7 B
2013 87.3 B
  • Elementary schools (K-6): 100 percent of the school grade is based on student achievement on annual assessments in English language arts, math, science, and social studies. Schools may also earn points for significant improvement with students who are academically behind.
  • Middle schools (7-8): 95 percent of the school grade is based on student achievement on annual assessments with the final 5 percent based on credits earned through the end of students’ 9th grade year. Schools may also earn points for significant improvement with students who are academically behind.
  • High schools (9-12): Half of the school grade is based on student achievement (25 percent on the ACT and 25 percent on End-of-Course assessments). Half of the school grade is based on graduation (25 percent on the graduation index, which rewards achievements like Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exam credit, and 25 percent on the cohort graduation rate, the percentage of students graduating in four years). Schools may also earn points for significant improvement with students who are academically behind.[14]

Issues

Board term limits

On November 6, 2012, Acadia Parish voters elected by over 67 percent to instate term limits. Terms won in the 2014 election were the first to be affected by the change. Starting with terms that began on or after January 1, 2015, any member who, at the end of his or her term, has served more than two and one-half terms in the last three consecutive terms cannot be re-elected in the following term. However, they can be re-elected following the one term break. The limit does not apply retroactively to incumbents, thus allowing them to potentially serve up to 12 more years.[19][9]

Parishwide School District Local Option
Term Limits Proposition (2012)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 17,522 74.72%
No5,92725.28%

Ballot text:

LOCAL OPTION ELECTION

Within Acadia Parish School District: Shall the number of terms of office that any member of the school board may serve be limited to three consecutive four-year terms?[14]

Louisiana Secretary of State's website, (2014), [20]

Contact information

Acadia Parish Schools logo.gif
Acadia Parish Schools
2402 North Parkerson Avenue • PO Drawer 309 (70527-0309)
Crowley, Louisiana 70526
Phone: 337-783-3664

See also

External links

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References

  1. Acadia Parish Schools, "Graduation Rate," accessed November 24, 2014
  2. Acadia Parish Schools, "Home," accessed November 24, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed June 17, 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 United States Census Bureau, "Acadia Parish, Louisiana, Quick Facts," accessed August 14, 2014
  5. Louisiana Secretary of State, "Official Results," accessed September 2, 2014
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. Acadia Parish Schools, "Superintendent," accessed November 24, 2014
  8. Eunice High School, "History," accessed November 24, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Louisiana Secretary of State, "QUALIFICATIONS OF CANDIDATES," accessed September 2, 2014
  10. U.S. Census, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 11, 2013
  11. Arcadia Parish Schools, "A Compensation Plan for Acadia Parish Schools Within the Governance of Act 1 of the 2012 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature," accessed November 24, 2014
  12. Louisiana Department of Education, "DIBELS Next," accessed November 24, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Louisiana Department of Education, "Test Results," accessed November 24, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  15. Louisiana Department of Education, "Annual Assessments," accessed November 24, 2014
  16. Louisiana Department of Education, "End-of-Course Tests," accessed November 24, 2014
  17. Louisiana Department of Education, "Performance Scores," accessed November 24, 2014
  18. Louisiana Department of Education, "School Letter Grades," accessed November 24, 2014
  19. Louisiana Secretary of State, "HOW ARE CANDIDATES ELECTED?," accessed September 2, 2014
  20. Louisiana Secretary of State, "Official Election Results," accessed December 4, 2014