Bossier Parish Schools, Louisiana
|Bossier Parish Schools|
|Superintendent:||D.C. Machen Jr.|
|Number of schools:||32|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Brad L. Bockhaus (R)|
|Term length:||4 years|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Bossier Parish Schools
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtLouisiana in Bossier Parish. Benton is the seat of the parish government. Bossier Parish was home to approximately 123,823 residents according to 2013 estimates by the United States Census Bureau.
Bossier Parish overperformed compared to the rest of Louisiana in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 23.3 percent of Bossier 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 $53,070 compared to $44,673 statewide. The poverty rate in the parish was 13.4 percent compared to 18.7 percent for the entire state.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
Bossier Parish Schools is overseen by a school board comprised of 12 partisan members who are elected to represent geographical districts for four-year terms. The partisan affiliation in the table below represents the affiliation which the officeholder held in his or her most recent election.
|Bossier Parish School Board|
|Billie Jo Brotherton||District 1||Republican||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|Brad L. Bockhaus||District 2||Republican||January 1, 2011||December 31, 2018|
|Frank Kelly||District 3||Republican||October 2013||December 31, 2018|
|William Lott||District 4||Republican||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|Michael S. Mosura II||District 5||Republican||January 1, 2003||December 31, 2018|
|Glenwood "Glen" L. Bullard||District 6||Republican||January 1, 2011||December 31, 2018|
|J.W. Slack||District 7||Republican||N/A||December 31, 2018|
|Kenneth M. Wiggins||District 8||Democratic||1997||December 31, 2018|
|Eric Newman||District 9||Republican||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|Sandra "Samm" Darby||District 10||Independent||January 1, 2011||December 31, 2018|
|Shane Cheatham||District 11||Republican||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|Dennis Bamburg Jr.||District 12||Republican||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
School board elections
- See also: Bossier Parish Schools elections (2014)
The 12 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 members being up for re-election at that time. Additionally, all members are elected by a geographically defined district which they represent. Twelve seats were up for general election on November 4, 2014. The next general election will be in November 2018.
School board candidates in Louisiana are elected by majority vote, which means the winner must receive more than 50 percent of the votes cast in the general election to win the seat. Runoff elections are held between the top two candidates for races where no candidate receives a majority. Candidates who are unopposed at the end of a candidate filing period are considered elected as of that date.
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. This term limit took effect with terms beginning on or after January 2015 and does not apply retroactively to terms started prior to that date.
Public participation in board meetings
The Bossier Parish School Board maintains the following policies on public testimony during board meetings on their website:
It is the policy of the Bossier Parish School Board to conduct all meetings in full view of and with welcomed participation by the public. However, the Board reserves the right to recess into or call executive sessions for discussing matters as provided by state law. During executive sessions, no action shall be taken or resolutions made.
REQUEST FOR ITEM TO BE PLACED ON AGENDA
All delegations or individuals who wish to appear before the School Board and place an item on the agenda shall submit their written requests to the Superintendent at least seven (7) working days prior to the meeting date, stating what matters they wish to take up with the Board and the approximate time such matters should consume at the meeting. The Superintendent shall review the item(s) and determine whether such item(s) shall be included on the agenda.
PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS
Before each meeting of the Board, a copy of the agenda for that meeting shall be posted at the meeting place or otherwise conspicuously displayed. Any person wishing to speak on any of the items listed in the agenda must complete and submit a card containing the name of the person, the name of any organization or group for whom the individual wishes to speak and the specific agenda item about which the person wishes to speak. A separate card must be completed and submitted for each different agenda item on which the individual would like to address the Board.
The comment cards shall be collected and forwarded to the Board President at the beginning of the meeting. No comment card shall be accepted after the meeting begins.
As the Board reaches each item on its agenda, the Board President shall review the submitted cards and call upon those persons indicating a desire to speak on that item. No individual may speak without first being recognized by the presiding officer. Each person may speak for not more than three (3) minutes on each item, and may speak only once on each agenda item. When the individual has been recognized to speak on an agenda item, that individual shall approach the podium. The individual shall limit his/her comments to matters that are strictly relevant to that agenda item. The individual shall refrain from asking questions or making requests of the Board or staff. No accusatory comments or comments relative to the performance of specific employees or potential employees shall be permitted. The Board shall delay its deliberations on each agenda item until all members of the public who have submitted cards in accordance with this procedure have been given an opportunity to speak.
In the event that the Board should add an item to its agenda after the Board meeting begins, the Board President shall orally request of the audience whether anyone in attendance would like to speak on the added agenda item. Each person indicating a desire to do so shall be given a period not to exceed three (3) minutes to address the Board on each added agenda item. The Board shall delay deliberations on that agenda item until such time as all interested members of the public have had an opportunity to speak.
At the conclusion of all public input on each agenda item, the Board shall deliberate the matter and take such action as it considers appropriate. There shall be no further public input allowed on each agenda item after the Board has begun its deliberation of that item.
Copies of this procedure shall be available for distribution to the public during regular business hours and at meetings of the Board and its committees.
—Bossier Parish Schools website, (2014)
The table below displays the budget for the Bossier Parish Schools:
|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|
Teacher salaries in Bossier Parish Schools are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries.
The following table details the salary schedule for teachers in the 2014-2015 school year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|M.A. + 30||41,734||58,057|
|Ph.D. or Ed.D||43,287||60,285|
Schools in Bossier Parish Schools
Bossier Parish Schools served 21,037 students in the 2011-2012 school year. The district does not publicly archive enrollment data.
Bossier Parish Schools operates 32 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Bossier Parish Schools|
|Airline High School||Haughton High School|
|Apollo Elementary||Haughton Middle School|
|Bellaire Elementary||Kerr Elementary|
|Benton Elementary||Legacy Elementary|
|Benton High School||Meadowview Elementary|
|Benton Middle School||Parkway High School|
|Bossier Elementary||Plain Dealing High School|
|Bossier High School||Plantation Park Elementary|
|Bossier Parish Technical School||Platt Elementary|
|Carrie Martin Elementary||Princeton Elementary|
|Central Park Elementary||Rodes Elementary|
|Cope Middle School||Rusheon Middle School|
|Curtis Elementary||Stockwell Place|
|Elm Grove Elementary||Sun City Elementary|
|Elm Grove Middle School||W.T. Lewis Elementary|
|Greenacres Middle School||Waller Elementary|
Louisiana administers three main sets of tests to measure the academic performance of K-12 students: 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.
The Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills test, also known as DIBELS Next, 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 the district in each of the categories:
|DIBELS Next results|
|Testing date||Kindergarten||1st grade||2nd grade||3rd grade|
|Core (%)||Strategic (%)||Intensive (%)||Core (%)||Strategic (%)||Intensive (%)||Core (%)||Strategic (%)||Intensive (%)||Core (%)||Strategic (%)||Intensive (%)|
iLEAP and LEAP
|LEAP and iLEAP percentile ranks|
|Year|| Mastery and
| Basic and|
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:
The table on the right compares the percentage of district students scoring either mastery and higher or basic and higher on the iLEAP and LEAP with the statewide averages. The percentage of mastery and higher is not available prior to 2013 results.
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:
In the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years, 65 percent of students taking end-of-course tests across all subjects in the district earned a grade of good or excellent.
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|
Board term limits
On November 6, 2012, Bossier Parish voters elected by over 81 percent to instate term limits on their school board. 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.
| Parishwide School District Local Option|
Term Limits Proposition (2012)
|“||LOCAL OPTION ELECTION
Within Bossier 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?
Maintenance department fraud case
In September 2009, three former school district employees and the owners of Ark-La-Tex Air Repair, Inc. were sentenced after being found guilty of defrauding Bossier Parish Schools of almost $1.2 million. Winfred “Randy” Johnston Jr., William “Mont” Rodes, Jr. and Marke E. Rowe had been employed in the district's maintenance department. Along with Alan V. Lee and Garrett G. Wilson and their business, Ark-La-Tex Air Repair, Inc., the former employees were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud, mail fraud and forfeiture of the corporate assets of Air Repair. All five men plead guilty to one count of mail fraud.
Lee and Wilson charged the school district for more expensive air-conditioning equipment and installed other, less expensive equipment, instead. They also charged the district for equipment that was never installed, replaced functional equipment and billed for the installation of air-conditioning in nonexistent rooms. Johnston, Rodes and Rowe falsely certified these actions, failed to perform proper inspections of the work and approved invoices for payment with the knowledge they contained false information. The school employees also colluded with Lee and Wilson to get the lowest bids for projects. Additionally, they invented emergency situations that required a more expensive "quick change-out" contract with Lee and Wilson. The school employees received a cut of the excess funds earned by Lee and Wilson through these fraudulent means.
Rowe was sentenced to five years probation due to his cooperation with the investigation. Garrett, Johnston and Rodes were sentenced to 87 months in prison and three years supervised release while Lee was sentenced to 120 months in prison and three years supervised release. All five were ordered to pay $1,194,300.25 each in restitution to the district.
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- Benton, Louisiana
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- Louisiana Department of Education
- Louisiana School Boards Association (LSBA)
- Louisiana Department of Education, "District and State Graduation Rates (2005-2006 to 2012-2013)," accessed November 24, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed June 17, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Bossier Parish, Louisiana, Quick Facts," accessed September 2, 2014
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "Official Results," accessed September 2, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Louisiana Ethics Administration Program, "Agenda Item Docket No. 13-509," accessed December 3, 2014
- Bossier Parish Schools, "Superintendent's Office," accessed December 3, 2014
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "QUALIFICATIONS OF CANDIDATES," accessed September 2, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- BOSSIER PARISH SCHOOL BOARD POLICY MANUAL DISPLAY and REFERENCE GUIDE, "PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS," accessed December 3, 2014
- Bossier Parish Schools, "Changes in Net Assets," accessed December 5, 2013
- Bossier Parish School Board, "Salary Schedule Effective 2014-15 School Year," June 10, 2014
- Louisiana Department of Education, "DIBELS Next," accessed November 24, 2014
- Louisiana Department of Education, "Test Results," accessed November 24, 2014
- Louisiana Department of Education, "Annual Assessments," accessed November 24, 2014
- Louisiana Department of Education, "End-of-Course Tests," accessed November 24, 2014
- Louisiana Department of Education, "Performance Scores," accessed November 24, 2014
- Louisiana Department of Education, "School Letter Grades," accessed November 24, 2014
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "HOW ARE CANDIDATES ELECTED?," accessed September 2, 2014
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "Official Election Results," accessed December 4, 2014
- Federal Bureau of Investigation, "Five Sentenced on Federal Charges for Defrauding Bossier Parish School Board," September 9, 2009