Bossier Parish Schools, Louisiana

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Bossier Parish Schools
Benton, Louisiana
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District Profile
Superintendent:D.C. Machen Jr.
Enrollment:21,037
Graduation rate:78.5%[1]
Number of schools:32
Budget: $212,630,000
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Brad L. Bockhaus (R)
Board members:12
Term length:4 years
Bossier Parish Schools is a school district in Louisiana. In the 2011-2012 school year, Bossier Parish was the ninth-largest school district in Louisiana and served 21,037 students.[2]

About the district

Bossier Parish Schools is located in Bossier Parish, Louisiana.
Bossier Parish Schools is located in northwestern Louisiana 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.[3]

Demographics

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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Bossier Parish (%) Louisiana (%)
White 73.7 63.5
Black or African American 21.4 32.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.8
Asian 1.9 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.1
Two or More Races 2.2 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 6.3 4.7

Presidential Voting Pattern, Bossier Parish[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 12,956 34,988
2008 12,703 32,713
2004 12,317 30,040
2000 11,933 23,224

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.[5]

Superintendent

The superintendent of Bossier Parish Schools is D.C. Machen Jr. who was appointed to the position on July 1, 2009.[6] He has worked in education for over 40 years.[7]

School board

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
Member District Partisan
Affiliation
Term
Began
Term
Ends
Jack Raley District 1 Republican Republican Party N/A December 31, 2014
Brad L. Bockhaus District 2 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2011 December 31, 2018
Frank Kelly District 3 Republican Republican Party October 2013 December 31, 2018
Tammy Armer Smith District 4 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2007 December 31, 2014
Michael S. Mosura II District 5 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2003 December 31, 2018
Glenwood "Glen" L. Bullard District 6 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2011 December 31, 2018
J.W. Slack District 7 Republican Republican Party N/A December 31, 2018
Kenneth M. Wiggins District 8 Democratic Democratic Party 1997 December 31, 2018
Eddy Ray Presley District 9 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2007 December 31, 2014
Sandra "Samm" Darby District 10 Independent Independent January 1, 2011 December 31, 2018
Barbara Rudd District 11 Republican Republican Party N/A December 31, 2014
Kay Padgett Byrd District 12 Republican Republican Party N/A December 31, 2014

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.[8]

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 takes effect with terms beginning on or after January 2015 and does not apply retroactively to terms started prior to that date.[8]

Public participation in board meetings

The Bossier Parish School Board maintains the following policies on public testimony during board meetings on their website:

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS

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.[9]

—Bossier Parish Schools website, (2014), [10]

Budget

The table below displays the budget for the Bossier Parish Schools:[11]

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
2009-2010 $118,770,000 58.9% $9,490,000 4.7% $70,420,000 34.9% $2,850,000 1.4% $80,000 0% $201,610,000
2010-2011 $127,640,000 60% $9,770,000 4.6% $72,570,000 34.1% $2,570,000 1.2% $80,000 0% $212,630,000
Averages: $246,410,000 59% $19,260,000 5% $142,990,000 35% $5,420,000 1% $160,000 0% $414,240,000

Teacher salaries

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:[12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 40,098 55,380
M.A. 40,958 56,942
M.A. + 30 41,734 58,057
Specialist 42,511 59,170
Ph.D. or Ed.D 43,287 60,285

Schools in Bossier Parish Schools

Enrollment

Bossier Parish Schools served 21,037 students in the 2011-2012 school year.[2] The district does not publicly archive enrollment data.

District schools

Bossier Parish Schools operates 32 schools listed below in alphabetical order:

Bossier Parish Schools
School Name
A-G H-Z
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

Academic performance

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.

DIBELS Next

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:[13]

DIBELS Next results[14]
Testing date Kindergarten 1st grade 2nd grade 3rd grade
Core (%) Strategic (%) Intensive (%) Core (%) Strategic (%) Intensive (%) Core (%) Strategic (%) Intensive (%) Core (%) Strategic (%) Intensive (%)
Spring 2013 74 17 10 69 13 18 71 14 14 69 13 18
Fall
2012
48 19 33 62 15 22 72 11 17 70 10 20
Spring 2012 70 18 12 66 14 20 67 15 18 65 16 19
Fall
2011
46 21 33 60 13 27 69 12 19 69 12 19

iLEAP and LEAP

LEAP and iLEAP percentile ranks[14]
Year Mastery and
above (%)
Basic and
above (%)
2014 District 30 76
Statewide 24 69
2013 District 29 76
Statewide 23 66
2012 District N/A 74
Statewide N/A 68

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.[9]

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

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.

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.[9]

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

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.[14]

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 98.3 B
2013 96.6 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.[9]

Louisiana Department of Education website, (2014), [18]

Issues

Board term limits

On November 6, 2012, Bossier Parish voters elected by over 77 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.[19][8]

Parishwide School District Local Option
Term Limits Proposition (2012)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 35,017 81.75%
No7,81618.25%

Ballot text:

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?[9]

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

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.[21]

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.[21]

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.[21]

Contact information

Bossier Parish Schools seal.PNG
Bossier Parish Schools
P.O. Box 2000
Benton, LA 71006-2000
Phone: 318-549-5000

See also

External links

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References

  1. Louisiana Department of Education, "District and State Graduation Rates (2005-2006 to 2012-2013)," accessed November 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed June 17, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Bossier Parish, Louisiana, Quick Facts," accessed September 2, 2014
  4. Louisiana Secretary of State, "Official Results," accessed September 2, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Louisiana Ethics Administration Program, "Agenda Item Docket No. 13-509," accessed December 3, 2014
  7. Bossier Parish Schools, "Superintendent's Office," accessed December 3, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Louisiana Secretary of State, "QUALIFICATIONS OF CANDIDATES," accessed September 2, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  10. BOSSIER PARISH SCHOOL BOARD POLICY MANUAL DISPLAY and REFERENCE GUIDE, "PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS," accessed December 3, 2014
  11. Bossier Parish Schools, "Changes in Net Assets," accessed December 5, 2013
  12. Bossier Parish School Board, "Salary Schedule Effective 2014-15 School Year," June 10, 2014
  13. Louisiana Department of Education, "DIBELS Next," accessed November 24, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Louisiana Department of Education, "Test Results," accessed November 24, 2014
  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
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 Federal Bureau of Investigation, "Five Sentenced on Federal Charges for Defrauding Bossier Parish School Board," September 9, 2009