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)|
|Board members:||15 partisan|
|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 Contact information
- 8 See also
- 9 External links
- 10 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 slightly 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.
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. Note that 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|
|R.L. Webb Jr.||District 1||Democratic||January 1, 2003||December 31, 2014|
|Fredman Hardy Jr.||District 2||Democratic||January 1, 2007||December 31, 2018|
|Clara Duhon||District 3||Democratic||N/A||December 31, 2014|
|Annette Ballard||District 4||Democratic||January 1, 2007||December 31, 2018|
|Dale Bernard||District 5||Democratic||January 1, 2003||December 31, 2014|
|Bill Jongbloed||District 6||Republican||January 1, 2007||December 31, 2014|
|Mack Dellafosse Jr.||District 7||Democratic||January 1, 2007||December 31, 2018|
|James Schooler||District 8||Independent||January 1, 2011||December 31, 2014|
|Randall "Randy" Burleigh||District 9||Democratic||January 1, 2007||December 31, 2014|
|James "Jim" Karr||District 10||Democratic||N/A||December 31, 2014|
|Chad Guidry||District 11||Republican||January 1, 2007||December 31, 2018|
|Joe Andrepont||District 12||Democratic||January 1, 2003||December 31, 2014|
|William Breaux||District 13||Republican||January 1, 2003||December 31, 2018|
|Roman L. Thompson||District 14||Democratic||January 1, 2011||December 31, 2014|
|Bryan LaRocque||District 15||Republican||January 1, 2003||December 31, 2014|
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. 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.
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.
—Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, (2008), 
|“||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.
—Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, (1997), 
Calcasieu Parish Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.
|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 employees 2,602 teachers. Teacher salaries 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 courses with raises at credit intervals. 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, including the minimum and maximum additional pay that can be received for advanced education:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|M.A. + 30||+1,155||+3,567|
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|
|Bell City High|
|College Oaks Elementary|
|Cypress Cove Elementary|
|F.K. White Middle|
|Henry Heights Elementary|
|J.I. Watson Middle|
|LeBleu Settlement Elementary|
|Moss Bluff Elementary|
|Moss Bluff Middle|
|Oak Park Elementary|
|Oak Park Middle|
|Pearl Watson Elementary|
|Prien Lake Elementary|
|R.W. Vincent Elementary|
|Ralph Wilson Elementary|
|S.J. Welsh Middle|
|Sam Houston High|
|St. John Elementary|
|Vincent Settlement Elementary|
|Western Heights Elementary|
- Louisiana school districts
- List of school districts in Louisiana
- Calcasieu Parish Public Schools elections (2014)
- School board elections portal
- 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
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Calcasieu Parish School Board, "Policy Manual Display and Reference Guide," accessed November 25, 2014
- 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