Ouachita Parish School System, Louisiana
|Ouachita Parish School System|
|Number of schools:||37|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Jerry R. Hicks|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Ouachita Parish School System
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Contact information
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
About the districtOuachita Parish, Louisiana. According to the United States Census Bureau, Ouachita Parish is home to 156,220 residents.
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.
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.
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.
The Ouachita Parish School Board is composed of seven members serving four-year terms.
|Ouachita Parish School Board|
|Member||District||Party||Term Began||Term Ends|
|Tommy M. Comeaux||A||Republican||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|Scott Robinson||B||Republican||1994||December 31, 2018|
|A.R. "Red" Sims||C||Democrat||1982||December 31, 2018|
|Jerry R. Hicks||D||Republican||1994||December 31, 2018|
|John L. Russell||E||Democrat||1982||December 31, 2018|
|Carey Walker||F||Republican||1994||December 31, 2018|
|Greg Manley||G||Republican||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
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 was held on December 6, 2014. 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:
|“||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.
The table below displays the budget for Ouachita 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|
Ouachita Parish Schools employed 1,312 K-12 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. 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:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|M.A. + 30||35,400||47,000|
Schools in Ouachita Parish School System
Ouachita Parish School System served 20,040 students during the 2012-2013 school year. Ouachita Parish School System does not publicly archive enrollment data.
Ouachita Parish School System operates 37 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Ouachita Parish Schools|
|George Welch Elementary|
|Good Hope Middle|
|Jack Hayes Elementary|
|Ouachita Junior High|
|Ouachita Parish Alternative Center|
|Ouachita Parish High|
|Shady Grove Elementary|
|Swartz Lower Elementary|
|Swartz Upper Elementary|
|West Monroe High|
|West Ouachita High|
|West Ridge Middle|
|Woodlawn Junior High|
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.
|Ouachita Parish, Grade 4: All Testers, 2013|
|Subject||% Advanced||% Mastery||% Basic||% Approaching Basic||% Unsatisfactory|
|English Language Arts||9||30||45||11||4|
|Ouachita Parish, Grade 8: All Testers, 2013|
|Subject||% Advanced||% Mastery||% Basic||% Approaching Basic||% Unsatisfactory|
|English Language Arts||6||24||46||20||3|
- Louisiana school districts
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- Ouachita Parish Schools elections (2014)
- School board elections portal
- Ouachita Parish Schools
- Louisiana Association of Educators
- Ouachita Parish, Louisiana
- Louisiana Department of Education
- Louisiana School Board Association
- Louisiana Education Results, "Ouachita Parish," accessed April 29, 2014
- Ouachita Parish School System, "Business," accessed December 11, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Ouachita Parish, Louisiana," accessed April 29, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Ouachita Parish School Board, "Superintendent Robert Webber," accessed April 29, 2014
- Ouachita Parish Schools, "Board Members," accessed April 29, 2014
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "Elections Calendar," accessed April 28, 2014
- Ouachita Parish School System, "Section B: Public Participation," accessed April 29, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Ouachita Parish School Board, "2013-14 Teacher Salary Schedule," accessed April 29, 2014
- Ouachita Parish School System, "Schools," accessed April 29, 2014
- Louisiana Believes.com, "Spring 2013 LEAP Criterion-Referenced Test," accessed April 29, 2014