Lafayette Parish School System, Louisiana
About the districtLafayette Parish, Louisiana. The seat of parish government is Lafayette. According to the United States Census Bureau, Lafayette Parish is home to 230,845 residents.
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.
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.
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|
|Mary Morrison||1||Democratic||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|Tommy Angelle||2||Democratic||January 1, 2011||December 31, 2018|
|Elroy Broussard||3||Democratic||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|Tehmi Chassion||4||Democratic||January 1, 2011||December 31, 2018|
|Britt Latiolais||5||Republican||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|Justin Centanni||6||Republican||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|Dawn Morris||7||Republican||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|Erick Knezek||8||Republican||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|Jeremy Hidalgo||9||Republican||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
School board elections
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.
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.
The table below displays the budget for Lafayette Parish School System:
|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|
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed June 17, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Lafayette Parish, Louisiana," accessed October 10, 2014
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "Official Results," accessed September 2, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "QUALIFICATIONS OF CANDIDATES," accessed September 2, 2014
- Lafayette Parish School System, "Budget & Accounting," accessed December 11, 2014