Ouachita Parish School System, Louisiana

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Ouachita Parish School System
Monroe, Louisiana
Ouachita Parish School System seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Robert Webber
Enrollment:20,040
Graduation rate:73.0%[1]
Number of schools:37
Budget: $144.8 million[2]
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Jerry R. Hicks
Board members:7
Term length:4
Ouachita Parish School System is a school district in Louisiana that served 20,040 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the 11th-largest school district in Louisiana with an operating budget of $144.8 million for the 2013-2014 school year.[2]

About the district

Ouachita Parish School System is located in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana
Ouachita Parish School System is located in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana. According to the United States Census Bureau, Ouachita Parish is home to 156,220 residents.[3]

Demographics

Ouachita Parish overperformed in comparison to the rest of Louisiana in terms of education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 22.8 percent of Ouachita Parish residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 21.3 percent for Louisiana as a whole. The median household income for Ouachita Parish was $38,899 compared to $44,673 for the state of Louisiana. The percentage of people below poverty level for Ouachita Parish was 23.2 percent while it was 18.7 percent for the state of Louisiana.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Ouachita Parish (%) Louisiana (%)
White 60.6 63.7
Black or African American 37.0 32.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 0.7
Asian 3.0 1.7
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.1
Two or more race 1.1 1.4
Hispanic or Latino 2.0 4.5

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]

Superintendent

Robert Webber is the superintendent of Ouachita Parish School System. Webber has served in this position since being appointed in December 2001. Webber had previous tenures as principal of Ouachita Junior High School and assistant principal of Ouachita Parish High School. Webber was employed as a teacher for the district from 1983 to 1997. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Northeast Louisiana University and earned his doctoral degree from Louisiana Tech.[5]

School board

The Ouachita Parish School Board is composed of seven members serving four-year terms.[6]

Ouachita Parish School Board
Member District Term Ends
Bill Norris A 2014
Scott Robinson B 2014
A. R. "Red" Sims C 2014
Jerry R. Hicks D 2014
John Russell E 2014
Carey Walker F 2014
Susan Spence G 2014

School board elections

See also: Ouachita Parish Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Ouachita Parish School Board are elected to four-year terms. The primary election for seven seats was held on November 4, 2014, and the general election will be held on December 6, 2014.[7] The last school board election was held in 2010.

Public participation in board meetings

The board of education maintains the following policy regarding public participation in board meetings last updated in 2010:[8]

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS

The Ouachita Parish School Board desires the citizens of the district to attend its meetings so that they may become better acquainted with the schools and so that the Board may have opportunity to hear the wishes and/or ideas of the public.

It is the policy of the Board to conduct all meetings in full view of and with welcomed participation by the public. However, the Board reserves the right to recess into or call executive sessions for discussing matters as provided by state law. During executive sessions, no action shall be taken or resolutions made.

REQUEST FOR ITEM TO BE PLACED ON AGENDA

All delegations or individuals who wish to appear before the School Board and place an item on the agenda shall submit their written requests to the Superintendent at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the meeting date, stating what matters they wish to take up with the Board and the approximate time such matters should consume at the meeting. Such items will normally be included on the agenda of the meeting at which the delegation or individual wishes to appear before the Board. If not submitted on time to be placed on the agenda, the item will be held over for the next scheduled meeting of the Board. Each delegation appearing before the Board shall select in advance one (1) person as its spokesperson and statements shall be presented in a concise manner.

PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS

A public comment period shall be held before any vote is taken on an agenda item. Comments from the public shall occur after introduction of the item to be voted on and before any discussion by Board members. However, a person is not entitled to take up business before the Board unless the item in which he/she is interested has been placed on the agenda of that meeting.

As the Board reaches each item on its agenda, the Board President shall recognize those persons indicating a desire to speak on that item. No individual may speak without first being recognized by the presiding officer. Each person may speak for not more than three (3) minutes on each item, and may speak only once on each agenda item. When the individual has been recognized to speak on an agenda item, that individual shall approach the podium. The individual shall limit his/her comments to matters that are strictly relevant to that agenda item. The individual shall refrain from asking questions or making requests of the Board or staff. No accusatory comments or comments relative to the performance of specific employees or potential employees shall be permitted. The Board shall delay its deliberations on each agenda item until all members of the public who wish to address the Board have been given an opportunity to speak.

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 a period not to exceed three (3) minutes to address the Board on each added agenda item. 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.

At the conclusion of all public input on each agenda item, the Board shall deliberate the matter and take such action as it considers appropriate. There shall be no further public input allowed on each agenda item after the Board has begun its deliberation of that item.

Copies of this procedure shall be available for distribution to the public during regular business hours and at meetings of the Board and its committees.[9]

Budget

The Ouachita Parish School System's budget is published on its website.[2]

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 $103,834,590 71.7% $8,424,865 5.8% $32,527,704 22.5% $0 0% $31,251 0% $144,818,410
Averages: $103,834,590 72% $8,424,865 6% $32,527,704 22% $0 0% $31,251 0% $144,818,410

Teacher salaries

Ouachita Parish Schools employed 1,312 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] 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. The following table details the salary schedule negotiated between the district and the Louisiana Association of Educators for 2013-2014:[10]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 34,800 46,400
Master's 35,100 46,700
M.A. + 30 35,400 47,000
Ed.S 35,700 47,300
Ph.D. 36,000 47,600

Schools in Ouachita Parish School System

Enrollment

Ouachita Parish School System served 20,040 students during the 2012-2013 school year. Ouachita Parish School System does not publicly archive enrollment data.[1]

District schools

Ouachita Parish School System operates 37 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[11]

Ouachita Parish Schools
School Name
Boley Elementary
Calhoun Elementary
Calhoun Middle
Central Elementary
Claiborne Elementary
Crosley Elementary
Drew Elementary
George Welch Elementary
Good Hope Middle
Highland Elementary
Jack Hayes Elementary
Kiroli Elementary
Lakeshore Elementary
Lenwil Elementary
Ouachita Junior High
Ouachita Parish Alternative Center
Ouachita Parish High
Pinecrest Elementary
Richwood High
Richwood Middle
Riser Elementary
Riser Middle
Riverbend Elementary
Robinson Elementary
Shady Grove Elementary
Sterlington Elementary
Sterlington High
Sterlington Middle
Swartz Lower Elementary
Swartz Upper Elementary
Swayze Elementary
West Monroe High
West Ouachita High
West Ridge Middle
Woodlawn Elementary
Woodlawn Junior High

Academic performance

Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) is a series of annual assessments in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies in fourth and eighth grades. Known as a criterion-based test, these tests are aligned to the state academic standards and determine whether a student has mastered those standards.

The state has rules regarding the LEAP scores a student must earn to progress to fifth and ninth grade. However, for the next two years, districts will have more flexibility to make decisions based on additional academic indicators as the state transitions to new assessments.[12]

Ouachita Parish, Grade 4: All Testers, 2013
Subject  % Advanced  % Mastery  % Basic  % Approaching Basic  % Unsatisfactory
English Language Arts 9 30 45 11 4
Mathematics 12 24 41 13 10
Social Studies 7 23 48 17 5
Science 3 22 56 13 6
Ouachita Parish, Grade 8: All Testers, 2013
Subject  % Advanced  % Mastery  % Basic  % Approaching Basic  % Unsatisfactory
English Language Arts 6 24 46 20 3
Mathematics 3 6 59 23 10
Social Studies 6 25 42 21 6
Science 4 17 52 19 8

Contact information

Ouachita Parish School System seal.jpg
Ouachita Parish School System
100 Bry Street
Monroe, LA 71201
Phone: (318) 432-5000

See also

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