Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, Louisiana
|Calcasieu Parish Public Schools|
|Lake Charles, Louisiana|
|Number of schools:||57|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Annette Ballard (D)|
|Term length:||4 years|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Calcasieu Parish Public Schools
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtLouisiana 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.
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.
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.
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).
Bruchhaus earned a degree in accounting from McNeese State University in 1987.
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|
|Aaron Paul Natali||District 1||Republican||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|Fredman Hardy Jr.||District 2||Democratic||January 1, 2007||December 31, 2018|
|Glenda Gay||District 3||Democratic||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|Annette Ballard||District 4||Democratic||January 1, 2007||December 31, 2018|
|Ronald Hayes||District 5||Republican||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|Dean Roberts||District 6||Republican||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|Mack Dellafosse Jr.||District 7||Democratic||January 1, 2007||December 31, 2018|
|Eric Tarver||District 8||Republican||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|Frank "Coach Max" Caldarera||District 9||Democratic||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|Alvin Dale Smith||District 10||Republican||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|Chad Guidry||District 11||Republican||January 1, 2007||December 31, 2018|
|Charles Wayne Hansen||District 12||Republican||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|William Breaux||District 13||Republican||January 1, 2003||December 31, 2018|
|Wayne "Coach" Williams||District 14||Democratic||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|John Duhon||District 15||Republican||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
School board elections
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.
Public participation in board meetings
The Calcasieu Parish School Board maintains the following policies on public testimony during board meetings on their website:
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.
—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.
—Calcasieu Parish Public Schools website, (2014)
The table below displays the budget for the Calcasieu Parish Public 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|
Calcasieu Parish Public Schools employs 2,602 teachers. 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:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|M.A. + 30||40,586||62,428|
Schools in Calcasieu Parish Public Schools
Calcasieu Parish Public Schools served 32,563 students in the 2011-2012 school year. The district does not publicly archive enrollment data.
Calcasieu Parish Public Schools operates 57 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Calcasieu Parish Public Schools|
|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|
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 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.
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, 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.
| Parishwide School District Local Option|
Term Limits Proposition (2012)
|“||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?
- Louisiana school districts
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- Calcasieu Parish Public Schools elections (2014)
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- Calcasieu Parish Public Schools
- Lake Charles, Louisiana
- Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana
- 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, "Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, Quick Facts," accessed September 3, 2014
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "Official Results," accessed September 2, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, "About the Superintendent," accessed November 25, 2014
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "QUALIFICATIONS OF CANDIDATES," accessed September 2, 2014
- Calcasieu Parish School Board, "Policy Manual Display and Reference Guide," accessed November 25, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, "Financial Reports," accessed December 5, 2013
- Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, "About Us," accessed November 25, 2014
- Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, "Salary Schedule," accessed November 25, 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