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Lafayette Parish School System, Louisiana

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Lafayette Parish School System is a school district in Louisiana. In the 2011-2012 school year, Lafayette Parish Schools was the sixth-largest school district in Louisiana and served 30,451 students.[1]

About the district

Lafayette Parish School System is located in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana
Lafayette Parish School System is located in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. The seat of parish government is Lafayette. According to the United States Census Bureau, Lafayette Parish is home to 230,845 residents.[2]

Demographics

Lafayette Parish overperformed in comparison to the rest of Louisiana in terms of education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 27.5 percent of Lafayette 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 Lafayette Parish was $49,705 compared to $44,673 for the state of Louisiana. The percentage of people below poverty level for Lafayette Parish was 16.6 percent while it was 18.7 percent for the state.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2013[2]
Race Lafayette Parish (%) Louisiana (%)
White 70.4 63.5
Black or African American 26.1 32.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.8
Asian 1.6 1.7
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or more race 1.4 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 4.3 4.7

Presidential Voting Pattern, Lafayette Parish[3]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 31,768 64,992
2008 32,145 62,055
2004 31,210 57,732
2000 27,190 48,491

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.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

School board

Lafayette Parish Public School System is overseen by a school board comprised of nine 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.

Lafayette Parish School Board
Member District Partisan
Affiliation
Assumed
Office
Term
Ends
Mary Morrison 1 Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018
Tommy Angelle 2 Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2011 December 31, 2018
Elroy Broussard 3 Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018
Tehmi Chassion 4 Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2011 December 31, 2018
Britt Latiolais 5 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018
Justin Centanni 6 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018
Dawn Morris 7 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018
Erick Knezek 8 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018
Jeremy Hidalgo 9 Republican Republican Party January 1, 2015 December 31, 2018

School board elections

See also: Lafayette Parish School System elections (2014)

The nine 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 nine members being up for re-election at that time. Additionally, all members are elected by a geographically defined district which they represent. Nine seats were up for general election on November 4, 2014, and one seat was determined in a runoff on December 6, 2014. The next regular school board election will be held 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.[5]

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. These term limits first took effect with terms beginning on or after January 2010 and do not apply retroactively.[5]

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Lafayette Parish School System:[6]

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
2012-2013 $0 0% $0 0% $248,503,328 60.5% $11,980,101 2.9% $150,274,203 36.6% $410,757,632
2014-2015 $0 0% $0 0% $275,481,843 62.6% $12,522,566 2.8% $151,852,216 34.5% $439,856,625
Averages: $0 0% $0 0% $261,992,585.5 62% $12,251,333.5 3% $151,063,209.5 36% $425,307,128.5

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