Livingston Parish Public Schools, Louisiana

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Livingston Parish Public Schools
Livingston, Louisiana
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District Profile
Superintendent:John Watson
Enrollment:24,773
Graduation rate:80.1%[1]
Number of schools:45
Budget: $192.4 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Malcolm Sibley (D)
Board members:9
Term length:4 years
Livingston Parish Public Schools is a school district in Louisiana. In the 2011-2012 school year, Livingston Parish was the seventh-largest school district in Louisiana and served 24,773 students.[2]

About the district

Livingston Parish Public Schools is located in Livingston Parish, Louisiana.
Livingston Parish Public Schools lies in southeastern Louisiana in Livingston Parish. The seat of parish government is Livingston. Livingston Parish was home to approximately 134,053 residents according to 2013 estimates by the United States Census Bureau.[3]

Demographics

Livingston Parish underperformed compared to the rest of Louisiana in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 17.8 percent of Livingston 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 $57,150 compared to $44,673 statewide. The poverty rate in the parish was 12.7 percent compared to 18.7 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Livingston Parish (%) Louisiana (%)
White 91.8 63.5
Black or African American 6.0 32.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.8
Asian 0.6 1.7
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander >0.05 0.1
Two or More Races 1.1 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 3.3 4.7

Presidential Voting Pattern,
Livingston Parish[4]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 7,451 45,513
2008 6,681 43,269
2004 9,895 33,976
2000 11,008 24,889

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]

Superintendent

The superintendent of Livingston Parish Public Schools is John Watson. He has held the position since February 2013 when his predecessor, Bill Spear, retired. He was appointed to the position with a unanimous vote from the school board. Watson has worked in the district since 1983 and was an assistant superintendent from 2007 until his appointment as superintendent. His contract expires December 31, 2016.[6]

School board

Livingston Parish Public Schools 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.

Livingston Parish School Board
District Member Partisan
Affiliation
Term
Began
Term
Ends
1 Malcolm Sibley Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2011 December 31, 2018
2 Kellee Hennessy Dickerson Republican Republican Party January 1, 2011 December 31, 2018
3 Milton Hughes Republican Republican Party N/A December 31, 2014
4 Karen Wax Schmitt Republican Republican Party January 1, 2011 December 31, 2018
5 Albert "Buddy" Mincey Jr. Republican Republican Party January 1, 2007 December 31, 2018
6 Jeffery Cox Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2003 December 31, 2018
7 James V. Watson Republican Republican Party January 1, 1995 December 31, 2018
8 Keith Martin Democratic Democratic Party N/A December 31, 2014
9 Sidney "Sid" Kinchen Democratic Democratic Party January 1, 2007 December 31, 2018

School board elections

See also: Livingston Parish Public Schools 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 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. The next general election will be in 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.[7]

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 take effect with terms beginning on or after January 2015 and does not apply retroactively to terms started prior to that date.[7]

Public participation in board meetings

The Livingston Parish School Board maintains the policies on public testimony during board meetings on their website which can be read here.

Budget

The table below displays the budget for Livingston Parish Public Schools:[8]

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
2013-2014 $121,223,045 71.2% $0 0% $45,512,672 26.7% $0 0% $3,592,448 2.1% $170,328,165
2014-2015 $172,901,150 89.8% $0 0% $12,573,251 6.5% $0 0% $6,993,008 3.6% $192,467,409
Averages: $147,062,097.5 81% $0 0% $29,042,961.5 16% $0 0% $5,292,728 3% $181,397,787

Teacher salaries

Livingston Parish Public Schools's teacher salaries are categorized based on higher education achievement and years of service. A teacher with a bachelor's degree can earn higher salaries by pursuing graduate courses. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries.[9]

The following table details the salary schedule for teachers in the 2014-2015 school year:[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 42,317 63,373
M.A. 42,781 65,546
M.A. + 30 42,881 67,009
Specialist 43,530 68,230
Ph.D. 44,358 69,126

Schools in Livingston Parish Public Schools

Enrollment

Livingston Parish Public Schools served 24,773 students in the 2011-2012 school year.[2] The district does not publicly archive enrollment data on its website.

District schools

Livingston Parish Public Schools operates 45 schools which are listed below in alphabetical order:

Livingston Parish Public Schools
School Name
A-F G-N P-Z
Albany High Gray's Creek Elmentary Pathways
Albany Lower Holden High Pine Ridge
Albany Middle Juban Parc Elmentary Seventh Ward Elmentary
Albany Upper Juban Parc Junior High School South Fork Elmentaryentary
Denham Springs Elmentary Levi Milton Elmentary South Live Oak Elmentary
Denham Springs Freshman High Lewis Vincent Elmentary South Walker Elmentary
Denham Springs High Literacy and Technology Center Southside Elmentary
Denham Springs Junior Live Oak Elmentary Southside Junior High
Doyle Elmentary Live Oak High Springfield Elmentary
Doyle High Live Oak Middle Springfield High
Eastside Elmentary School Maurepas High Springfield Middle
French Settlement Elmentary Corbin Elmentary Walker Elmentary
French Settlement High North Corbin Jr. High Walker Freshman High
Freshwater Elmentary North Live Oak Elmentary Walker High
Frost Elmentaryentary Northside Elmentary Westside Junior High

Academic performance

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.

DIBELS Next

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:[10]

DIBELS Next results[11]
Testing date Kindergarten 1st grade 2nd grade 3rd grade
Core (%) Strategic (%) Intensive (%) Core (%) Strategic (%) Intensive (%) Core (%) Strategic (%) Intensive (%) Core (%) Strategic (%) Intensive (%)
Spring 2013 74 17 9 36 16 21 65 18 17 70 15 15
Fall
2012
50 20 31 64 15 21 70 12 17 71 11 18
Spring 2012 70 19 11 58 19 23 67 19 15 63 16 21
Fall
2011
54 19 27 71 12 17 72 13 15 69 11 20

iLEAP and LEAP

LEAP and iLEAP percentile ranks[11]
Year Mastery and
above (%)
Basic and
above (%)
2014 District 33 82
Statewide 24 69
2013 District 31 81
Statewide 23 66
2012 District N/A 81
Statewide N/A 68

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:

  • Advanced: A student demonstrates superior performance in the subject.
  • Mastery: A student demonstrates competency of challenging subject matter and is well prepared for the next level of schooling.
  • Basic: A student demonstrates only fundamental knowledge and skills in the subject.
  • Approaching Basic: A student only partially demonstrates the fundamental knowledge and skills of the subject.
  • Unsatisfactory: A student does not demonstrate the fundamental knowledge and skills.[12]

Louisiana Department of Education website, (2014), [13]

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.

End-of-course tests

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:

  • Excellent: A student demonstrates superior performance of the course content.
  • Good: A student demonstrates mastery of course content and is well prepared for the next level of coursework in the subject.
  • Fair: A student demonstrates only the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for the next level of coursework in the subject.
  • Needs Improvement: A student does not demonstrate the fundamental knowledge and skills needed for the next level of coursework in the subject.[12]

Louisiana Department of Education website, (2014), [14]

In the 2013-2014 school year, 70 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 71 percent in 2012-2013.[11]

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[15]
Year Performance
score
Letter
grade
2014 103.0 A
2013 91.1 B
  • Elementary schools (K-6): 100 percent of the school grade is based on student achievement on annual assessments in English language arts, math, science, and social studies. Schools may also earn points for significant improvement with students who are academically behind.
  • Middle schools (7-8): 95 percent of the school grade is based on student achievement on annual assessments with the final 5 percent based on credits earned through the end of students’ 9th grade year. Schools may also earn points for significant improvement with students who are academically behind.
  • High schools (9-12): Half of the school grade is based on student achievement (25 percent on the ACT and 25 percent on End-of-Course assessments). Half of the school grade is based on graduation (25 percent on the graduation index, which rewards achievements like Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exam credit, and 25 percent on the cohort graduation rate, the percentage of students graduating in four years). Schools may also earn points for significant improvement with students who are academically behind.[12]

Louisiana Department of Education website, (2014), [16]

Issues

Board term limits

On November 6, 2012, Livingston Parish voters elected by 78 percent to instate term limits. Terms won in the 2014 election were the first to be affected by the change. Starting with terms that begin 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.[7][17]


Ballot text:

LOCAL OPTION ELECTION

Within Livingston 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?[12]

Louisiana Secretary of State's website, (2014), [18]



Parishwide School District Local Option
Term Limits Proposition (2012)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 39,054 78.03%
No10,99421.97%

Board member hit-and-run

In June 2013, District 1 representative on the school board Malcolm Sibley (D) was arrested in a hit-and-run accident that killed a 20-year old William "Cody" Iasigi in St. Helena Parish. Iasigi's blood alcohol level was .22 at the time of the hit-and-run. His vehicle was stopped and he was standing next to it when he was hit by Sibley.[19][20]

Sibley plead no contest and received a 90-day suspended sentence, two years of probation, four days of community service and a court-approved defensive driving course. He was also required to pay a $500 fine and court costs.[21]

Contact information

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Livingston Parish Public Schools
13909 Florida Blvd.
P.O. Box 1130
Livingston LA 70754
Phone: 225-686-7044

See also

External links

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References

  1. Louisiana Department of Education, "District and State Graduation Rates (2005-2006 to 2012-2013)," accessed November 24, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed June 17, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 United States Census Bureau, "Livingston Parish, Louisiana, Quick Facts," accessed September 3, 2014
  4. Louisiana Secretary of State, "Official Results," accessed September 2, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Associated Press, "John Watson named Livingston school superintendent," Novemeber 9, 2012
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Louisiana Secretary of State, "QUALIFICATIONS OF CANDIDATES," accessed September 2, 2014
  8. Livingston Parish Public Schools, "Business Department," accessed December 11, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Livingston Parish Public Schools, "Salary Schedules," accessed December 3, 2014
  10. Louisiana Department of Education, "DIBELS Next," accessed November 24, 2014
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Louisiana Department of Education, "Test Results," accessed November 24, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  13. Louisiana Department of Education, "Annual Assessments," accessed November 24, 2014
  14. Louisiana Department of Education, "End-of-Course Tests," accessed November 24, 2014
  15. Louisiana Department of Education, "Performance Scores," accessed November 24, 2014
  16. Louisiana Department of Education, "School Letter Grades," accessed November 24, 2014
  17. Louisiana Secretary of State, "HOW ARE CANDIDATES ELECTED?," accessed September 2, 2014
  18. Louisiana Secretary of State, "Official Election Results," accessed December 4, 2014
  19. The Times-Picayune, "Livingston Parish School Board president arrested in fatal hit-and-run," June 17, 2013
  20. WBRZ, "Crash report: victim was drunk, Sibley visiting woman," July 8, 2013
  21. WBRZ, "Sibley sentenced for hit-and-run death," February 21, 2014