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
Graduation rate:77.9%[1]
Number of schools:57
Budget: $361,309,009
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Annette Ballard (D)
Board members:15 partisan
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]


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.[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, 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]


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).[6]

Bruchhaus earned a degree in accounting from McNeese State University in 1987.[6]

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. 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
Member District Partisan
R.L. Webb Jr. District 1 Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2003 December 31, 2014
Fredman Hardy Jr. District 2 Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2007 December 31, 2018
Clara Duhon District 3 Democratic Democratic Party N/A December 31, 2014
Annette Ballard District 4 Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2007 December 31, 2018
Dale Bernard District 5 Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2003 December 31, 2014
Bill Jongbloed District 6 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2007 December 31, 2014
Mack Dellafosse Jr. District 7 Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2007 December 31, 2018
James Schooler District 8 Independent Independent January 1, 2011 December 31, 2014
Randall "Randy" Burleigh District 9 Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2007 December 31, 2014
James "Jim" Karr District 10 Democratic Democratic Party N/A December 31, 2014
Chad Guidry District 11 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2007 December 31, 2018
Joe Andrepont District 12 Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2003 December 31, 2014
William Breaux District 13 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2003 December 31, 2018
Roman L. Thompson District 14 Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2011 December 31, 2014
Bryan LaRocque District 15 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2003 December 31, 2014

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. 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.[7]

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

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.[8]

—Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, (2008), [9]


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.[8]

—Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, (1997), [9]


Calcasieu Parish Public Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.[10]

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
Averages: $229,542,639 64% $46,229,676 13% $58,282,077 16% $27,209,355 8% $42,262 0% $361,309,009

Teacher salaries

Calcasieu Parish Public Schools employees 2,602 teachers.[11] 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:[12]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Base salary 39,431 58,861
M.A. +1,155 +3,352
M.A. + 30 +1,155 +3,567
Specialist +1,193 +3,659
Doctorate +1,257 +3,721

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.[2]

District schools

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

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

Contact information

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

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