Livingston Parish Public Schools, Louisiana
|Livingston Parish Public Schools|
|Number of schools:||45|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Malcolm Sibley (D)|
|Term length:||4 years|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Livingston Parish Public Schools
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtLouisiana 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.
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.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.
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.
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|
|1||Malcolm Sibley||Democratic||January 1, 2011||December 31, 2018|
|2||Kellee Hennessy Dickerson||Republican||January 1, 2011||December 31, 2018|
|3||Jan H. Benton||Republican||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|4||Karen Wax Schmitt||Republican||January 1, 2011||December 31, 2018|
|5||Albert "Buddy" Mincey Jr.||Republican||January 1, 2007||December 31, 2018|
|6||Jeffery Cox||Democratic||January 1, 2003||December 31, 2018|
|7||James V. Watson||Republican||January 1, 1995||December 31, 2018|
|8||James "Jim" Richardson||Independent||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|9||Sidney "Sid" Kinchen||Democratic||January 1, 2007||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 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.
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 2015 and does not apply retroactively to terms started prior to that date.
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.
The table below displays the budget for Livingston Parish Public Schools:
|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|
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.
The following table details the salary schedule for teachers in the 2014-2015 school year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|M.A. + 30||42,881||67,009|
Schools in Livingston Parish Public Schools
Livingston Parish Public Schools served 24,773 students in the 2011-2012 school year. The district does not publicly archive enrollment data on its website.
Livingston Parish Public Schools operates 45 schools which are listed below in alphabetical order:
|Livingston Parish Public Schools|
|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|
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.
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:
|DIBELS Next results|
|Testing date||Kindergarten||1st grade||2nd grade||3rd grade|
|Core (%)||Strategic (%)||Intensive (%)||Core (%)||Strategic (%)||Intensive (%)||Core (%)||Strategic (%)||Intensive (%)||Core (%)||Strategic (%)||Intensive (%)|
iLEAP and LEAP
|LEAP and iLEAP percentile ranks|
|Year|| Mastery and
| Basic and|
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:
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.
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:
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.
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|
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 began 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.
|“||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?
| Parishwide School District Local Option|
Term Limits Proposition (2012)
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.
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.
- Louisiana school districts
- List of school districts in Louisiana
- Livingston Parish Public Schools elections (2014)
- School board elections portal
- Livingston Parish Public Schools
- Livingston 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, "Livingston 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
- 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.
- Associated Press, "John Watson named Livingston school superintendent," Novemeber 9, 2012
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "QUALIFICATIONS OF CANDIDATES," accessed September 2, 2014
- Livingston Parish Public Schools, "Business Department," accessed December 11, 2014
- Livingston Parish Public Schools, "Salary Schedules," accessed December 3, 2014
- Louisiana Department of Education, "DIBELS Next," accessed November 24, 2014
- Louisiana Department of Education, "Test Results," accessed November 24, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Louisiana Department of Education, "Annual Assessments," accessed November 24, 2014
- Louisiana Department of Education, "End-of-Course Tests," accessed November 24, 2014
- Louisiana Department of Education, "Performance Scores," accessed November 24, 2014
- Louisiana Department of Education, "School Letter Grades," accessed November 24, 2014
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "HOW ARE CANDIDATES ELECTED?," accessed September 2, 2014
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "Official Election Results," accessed December 4, 2014
- The Times-Picayune, "Livingston Parish School Board president arrested in fatal hit-and-run," June 17, 2013
- WBRZ, "Crash report: victim was drunk, Sibley visiting woman," July 8, 2013
- WBRZ, "Sibley sentenced for hit-and-run death," February 21, 2014