Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, Louisiana

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Calcasieu Parish Public Schools
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Calcasieu Parish Public Schools logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Karl Bruchhaus
Enrollment:32,563
Graduation rate:77.9%[1]
Number of schools:57
Budget: $387.7 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Annette Ballard (D)
Board members:15
Term length:4 years
Calcasieu Parish Public Schools is a school district in Louisiana. In the 2011-2012 school year, Calcasieu Parish was the fifth-largest school district in Louisiana and served 32,563 students.[2]

About the district

Calcasieu Parish Public Schools is located in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.
Calcasieu Parish Public Schools lies in southwestern Louisiana in Calcasieu Parish. The seat of parish government is Lake Charles. Calcasieu Parish was home to approximately 195,296 residents according to 2013 estimates by the United States Census Bureau.[3]

Demographics

Calcasieu Parish underperformed compared to the rest of Louisiana in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 19.8 percent of Calcasieu 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 $44,247 compared to $44,673 statewide. The poverty rate in the parish was 16.8 percent compared to 18.7 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Calcasieu Parish (%) Louisiana (%)
White 71.2 63.5
Black or African American 25.2 32.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.8
Asian 1.2 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 2.9 4.7

Presidential Voting Pattern,
Calcasieu Parish[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 28,359 51,850
2008 30,244 50,449
2004 32,864 46,075
2000 33,919 38,086

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]

Superintendent

The superintendent of Calcasieu Parish Public Schools is Karl Bruchhaus, who has held the position since 1996. He has worked as the coordinator of accounting for DeSoto School Board, business manager and controller for St. John the Baptist Parish School Board, financial services officer for Vermilion Parish Schools and director of finance for Jefferson Davis Parish School Board. He is the president and was formerly a board member of the Louisiana Association of School Business Officials (LASBO).[7]

Bruchhaus earned a degree in accounting from McNeese State University in 1987.[7]

School board

Calcasieu Parish Schools is overseen by a school board comprised of 15 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

Calcasieu Parish School Board
Member District Partisan
Affiliation
Assumed
Office
Term
Ends
Aaron Paul Natali District 1 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018
Fredman Hardy Jr. District 2 Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2007 December 31, 2018
Glenda Gay District 3 Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018
Annette Ballard District 4 Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2007 December 31, 2018
Ronald Hayes District 5 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018
Dean Roberts District 6 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018
Mack Dellafosse Jr. District 7 Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2007 December 31, 2018
Eric Tarver District 8 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018
Frank "Coach Max" Caldarera District 9 Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018
Alvin Dale Smith District 10 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018
Chad Guidry District 11 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2007 December 31, 2018
Charles Wayne Hansen District 12 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018
William Breaux District 13 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2003 December 31, 2018
Wayne "Coach" Williams District 14 Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018
John Duhon District 15 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018

School board elections

See also: Calcasieu Parish Public Schools elections (2014)

The 15 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. Fifteen seats were up for general election on November 4, 2014, and three seats were determined in a runoff on December 6, 2014. The next regular school board election will be held November 2018.

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.[8]

Public participation in board meetings

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

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

The Calcasieu Parish School Board shall conduct all meetings in full view of and with welcome participation by the public. All delegations or individuals who wish to appear before the Board shall submit their requests in writing to the Superintendent at least eight (8) working days prior to the meeting date, stating the matter they wish considered by the Board and the approximate time such matter should consume at the meeting. Such items may be included on the agenda of the meeting at which the delegation or individual wishes to appear before the Board. Each delegation appearing before the Board shall select one (1) person in advance as its spokesman.

After the agenda is set and published, all delegations or individuals who wish to comment on any agenda item must submit their requests, in writing, to the Superintendent prior to the convening of the meeting, stating what agenda item they wish to address. A procedure of general consent may be used for Board action but that procedure shall not preclude public participation or public comment as provided for in this policy. Each delegation appearing before the Board shall select one (1) person in advance as a spokesperson.

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 an opportunity to address the Board on each agenda item added. 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.

The Board reserves the right to recess into or call executive sessions as provided by state law. At no time will actions be taken or resolutions made during executive sessions.

The Board may have removed from a Board meeting any person or persons who willfully disrupt a meeting to the extent that orderly conduct of the meeting is seriously compromised.[9][10]

—Calcasieu Parish Public Schools website, (2014)

PROCEDURES FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION AND PUBLIC COMMENT AT BOARD MEETINGS

The Calcasieu Parish School Board has established a five (5) minute rule on comments by the public. With a 2/3 vote of the Board, this time can be extended by the Board for a time to be determined by a 2/3 vote of the Board.

To be entitled to comment on an agenda item persons must complete a "Request to Appear" Form and submit it to the Superintendent prior to convening of the meeting. The public may comment on any agenda item, including items appearing on the consent agenda.

Only discussion relevant to specific agenda items will be allowed. The Board will not allow discussion on previous actions of the Board or on an agenda item from a previous meeting.

The form may be picked up from and returned to the Secretary at the Board meeting.[9][10]

—Calcasieu Parish Public Schools website, (2014)

Budget

The table below displays the budget for the Calcasieu Parish Public 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
2011-2012 $229,542,639 63.5% $46,229,676 12.8% $58,282,077 16.1% $27,209,355 7.5% $42,262 0% $361,309,009
2012-2013 $271,146,000 69.9% $55,449,000 14.3% $34,077,000 8.8% $0 0% $27,061,019 7% $387,733,019
Averages: $250,344,319.5 67% $50,839,338 14% $46,179,538.5 12% $13,604,677.5 4% $13,551,640.5 4% $374,521,014

Teacher salaries

Calcasieu Parish Public Schools employs 2,602 teachers.[12] Teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement, professional development and years of service. A teacher can earn higher salaries by earning graduate degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. A state provision allows for pay increases due to demand "since recruitment and retention are adversely impacted by the persistent poverty parish status." Additionally, staff may receive "Highly Effective" compensation following an assessment.

The following table details the salary schedule for Calcasieu Parish school teachers for the 2014-2015 school year:[13]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Base salary 39,431 58,861
M.A. 40,586 62,213
M.A. + 30 40,586 62,428
Specialist 40,624 62,520
Doctorate 40,688 62,582

Schools in Calcasieu Parish Public Schools

Enrollment

Calcasieu Parish Public Schools served 32,563 students in the 2011-2012 school year. The district does not publicly archive enrollment data.[2]

District schools

Calcasieu Parish Public Schools operates 57 schools listed below in alphabetical order:

Calcasieu Parish Public Schools
School Name
Arnett Middle Henry Heights Elementary Pearl Watson Elementary
Barbe High Iowa High Prien Lake Elementary
Bell City High J.I. Watson Middle R.W. Vincent Elementary
Brentwood Elementary Johnson Elementary Ralph Wilson Elementary
Clifton Elementary Kaufman Elementary Reynaud Middle
College Oaks Elementary Key Elementary S.J. Welsh Middle
Combre-Fondel Elementary LaGrange High Sam Houston High
Cooley Elementary LCB Academy St. John Elementary
Cypress Cove Elementary LeBlanc Middle Starks High
DeQuincy Elementary LeBleu Settlement Elementary Sulphur High
DeQuincy High Lewis Middle Vincent Settlement Elementary
DeQuincy Middle Maplewood Elementary Vinton Elementary
DeQuincy Primary Maplewood Middle Vinton High
Dolby Elementary Molo Middle Vinton Middle
F.K. White Middle Moss Bluff Elementary Washington-Marion High
Fairview Elementary Moss Bluff Middle Watkins Elementary
Frasch Elementary Nelson Elementary Western Heights Elementary
Gillis Elementary Oak Park Elementary Westlake High
Henning Elementary Oak Park Middle Westwood 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:[14]

DIBELS Next results[15]
Testing date Kindergarten 1st grade 2nd grade 3rd grade
Core (%) Strategic (%) Intensive (%) Core (%) Strategic (%) Intensive (%) Core (%) Strategic (%) Intensive (%) Core (%) Strategic (%) Intensive (%)
Spring 2013 69 18 13 65 14 21 68 16 15 65 15 20
Fall
2012
63 16 21 66 12 21 74 11 14 68 11 21
Spring 2012 67 17 15 62 15 22 61 18 21 61 16 23
Fall
2011
60 17 23 69 13 18 71 12 17 67 12 21

iLEAP and LEAP

LEAP and iLEAP percentile ranks[15]
Year Mastery and
above (%)
Basic and
above (%)
2014 District 26 74
Statewide 24 69
2013 District 26 75
Statewide 23 66
2012 District N/A 73
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.[10]

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

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.[10]

Louisiana Department of Education website, (2014)[17]

In the 2013-2014 school year, 61 percent of students taking end-of-course tests across all subjects in the district earned a grade of good or excellent. This was down 1 percent from 62 percent in 2012-2013.[15]

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[18]
Year Performance
score
Letter
grade
2014 94.2 B
2013 94.7 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.[10]

Louisiana Department of Education website, (2014)[19]

Issues

Board term limits

On November 6, 2012, Calcasieu 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.[20][8]

Parishwide School District Local Option
Term Limits Proposition (2012)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 50,546 67.85%
No23,95032.15%

Ballot text:

LOCAL OPTION ELECTION

Within Calcasieu 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?[10]

Louisiana Secretary of State's website, (2014)[21]

Contact information

Calcasieu Parish Public Schools logo.png
Calcasieu Parish Public Schools
3310 Broad St.
Lake Charles, LA 70615
Phone: 337-217-4000

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, "Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, Quick Facts," accessed September 3, 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. 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.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, "About the Superintendent," accessed November 25, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Louisiana Secretary of State, "QUALIFICATIONS OF CANDIDATES," accessed September 2, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Calcasieu Parish School Board, "Policy Manual Display and Reference Guide," accessed November 25, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  11. Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, "Financial Reports," accessed December 5, 2013
  12. Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, "About Us," accessed November 25, 2014
  13. Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, "Salary Schedule," accessed November 25, 2014
  14. Louisiana Department of Education, "DIBELS Next," accessed November 24, 2014
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Louisiana Department of Education, "Test Results," accessed November 24, 2014
  16. Louisiana Department of Education, "Annual Assessments," accessed November 24, 2014
  17. Louisiana Department of Education, "End-of-Course Tests," accessed November 24, 2014
  18. Louisiana Department of Education, "Performance Scores," accessed November 24, 2014
  19. Louisiana Department of Education, "School Letter Grades," accessed November 24, 2014
  20. Louisiana Secretary of State, "HOW ARE CANDIDATES ELECTED?," accessed September 2, 2014
  21. Louisiana Secretary of State, "Official Election Results," accessed December 4, 2014