St. Landry Parish School Board, Louisiana
|St. Landry Parish School Board|
|Number of schools:||32|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Josie Frank|
|Board members:||14 partisan|
|Term length:||4 years|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in St. Landry Parish School Board
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtLouisiana. Opelousas is the seat of the parish government. St. Landry Parish was home to approximately 83,454 residents according to 2013 estimates by the United States Census Bureau.
St. Landry Parish underperformed compared to the rest of Louisiana in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 13.2 percent of St. Landry 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 $36,183 compared to $44,673 statewide. The poverty rate in the parish was 26.4 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, 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.
The superintendent of St. Landry Parish School Board is Edward Brown, who was appointed by a 7-4 vote of the school board in May 2013. Candy B. Gerace, Donnie Perron, Huey Wyble, Kyle C. Boss, Quincy Richard, Roger Young and Harry B. Fruge voted in favor of Brown's appointment. Anthony Standberry, Charles W. Ross, Randy Wagley and Josie Frank voted against it, and Raymond P. Cassimere and John Miller abstained from the vote. Prior to this appointment, Brown served as the districts supervisor of child welfare and attendance.
|Name||Term of service|
|Edward Brown||May 2013 - Present|
|Joseph Cassimere*||March 2012 - May 2013|
|Donnie Perron*||October 2011 - March 2012|
|Michael Nassif||N/A - October 2011|
|*Indicates an interim superintendent.|
Joseph Cassimere, brother of school board member Raymond P. Cassimere (D), served as the interim superintendent for more than 14 months prior to Brown's appointment to the position. Cassimere was the first African-American to serve as superintendent in the district's history. While Cassimere was being considered to permanently fill the post, two school board members attempted to sell their votes to him. John Miller (D) and Quincy Richard (D) both had to resign from the board following the scandal.
The position for permanent superintendent became open when then superintendent Michael Nassif resigned in 2011. Donnie Perron served as the interim superintendent less than six months before resigning, at which point Cassimere took over.
St. Landry Parish School Board is overseen by a board comprised of 13 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.
|St. Landry Parish School Board|
|Anthony Standberry||District 1||Democratic||January 1, 2007||December 31, 2018|
|Charles W. Ross||District 2||Democratic||January 1, 2011||December 31, 2018|
|Milton "Coach" Ambres||District 3||Democratic||October 2013||December 31, 2018|
|Raymond P. Cassimere||District 4||Democratic||January 1, 2011||December 31, 2018|
|Candy B. Gerace||District 5||Democratic||January 1, 2007||December 31, 2018|
|Donnie Perron||District 6||Democratic||October 2013||December 31, 2018|
|Huey Wyble||District 7||Democratic||January 1, 1993||December 31, 2018|
|Kyle C. Boss||District 8||Democratic||N/A||December 31, 2018|
|Randy Wagley||District 9||Independent||2012||December 31, 2018|
|Hazel McCrea-Sias||District 10||Democratic||May 2014||December 31, 2018|
|Roger Young||District 11||Republican||January 1, 1999||December 31, 2018|
|Albert "Al" Hayes Jr.||District 12||Democratic||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|Mary Ellen Donatto||District 13||Democratic||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
School board elections
The 13 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. 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. This term limit first took effect with terms beginning on or after January 2015 and does not apply retroactively to terms started prior to that date.
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.
Public participation in board meetings
The St. Landry Parish School Board maintains the following policy on public testimony during board meetings on their website:
It is the policy of the St. Landry Parish School 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 private matters as provided by State Law. At no time shall actions be taken or resolutions made during executive sessions.
All delegations or individuals who wish to appear before the Board shall submit their requests to the Superintendent in writing at least five (5) days 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. The Superintendent shall schedule a meeting with the person(s) requesting to address the Board in an attempt to satisfy the concerns expressed in the written request prior to the Board Meeting. If the person(s) making the request still wishes to address the Board following the meeting, such item shall be listed on the applicable committee's agenda at a time deemed to be appropriate. The committee report will be presented at the subsequent meeting of the full Board. Each delegation appearing before the Board shall select one person in advance as its spokesperson.
A public comment period shall be held before any vote is taken on an agenda item. The comment period shall precede each agenda item. Concerns and public comments shall be limited to five (5) minutes unless the time is waived by the majority of the Board members present. 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. Anyone wishing to speak on a specific item must present the request ahead of time prior to convening of the meeting. Sign-up cards must be filled out before the meeting by the person wishing to speak on a specific agenda item. In addition, the President of the Board may recognize persons at the Board meetings for the purpose of introducing such persons.
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 an opportunity to address the Board on each agenda item added. 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.
The President shall have the authority to remove any person disrupting or interfering in any manner with the conduction of a meeting of the Board. Complaints about individual employees are not conducive to an orderly meeting and should not be permitted.
—St. Landry Parish School Board, (2008)
The table below displays the budget for St. Landry Parish School Board:
|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|
St. Landry Parish School Board does not publish its teacher salary schedule on its website.
Schools in St. Landry Parish School Board
St. Landry Parish School Board served 14,922 students in the 2011-2012 school year. The district does not publicly archive enrollment data.
St. Landry Parish School Board operates 22 elementary schools, three middle or junior high schools and six high schools. In addition to these 31 schools, the district also operates nine other programs. All are listed below in alphabetical order.
|St. Landry Parish School Board|
|Alternative Program||Magnet Academy of Biomedical Sciences|
|Arnaudville Elementary||Magnet Academy of Cultural Arts|
|Beau Chene High||North Central High|
|Cankton Elementary||North Elementary|
|Central Middle||Northwest High|
|East Elementary||Opelousas Jr. High|
|Eunice Adult Education||Opelousas Sr. High|
|Eunice Career & Technical Center||Palmetto Elementary|
|Eunice Elementary||Park Vista Elementary|
|Eunice High||Plaisance Elementary|
|Eunice Jr. High||Port Barre Elementary|
|Glendale Elementary||Port Barre High|
|Grand Coteau Elementary||South Street Elementary|
|Grand Prairie Elementary||Southwest Elementary|
|Grolee Elementary||St. Landry Accelerated Transition|
|Highland Elementary||St. Landry Parish Gifted Program|
|Krotz Springs Elementary||Sunset Elementary|
|Lawtell Elementary||Washington Career and & Technical Center|
|Leonville Elementary||Washington Elementary|
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 is the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills test which 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 above (%)||Basic and above (%)|
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, 53 percent of students taking end-of-course tests across all subjects in the district earned a good or excellent. This was up 1 percent from 52 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, St. Landry Parish voters elected by a more than three-quarters majority to instate term limits for school board members in the parish.
The question appeared on the ballot as follows:
|“||LOCAL OPTION ELECTION
Within St. Landry 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 Proposition (2012)|
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.
2013 board bribery case
Two special elections were held for the St. Landry Parish School Board following a bribery scandal during the process of hiring a new superintendent for the district. On July 1, 2013, former District 3 representative John Miller (D), plead guilty to bribery charges and admitted to offering assistant superintendent Joseph Cassimere his vote for in the superintendent hiring decision in exchange for $5,000. A special election to fill the vacancy created by Miller's resignation from the board was held on October 19, 2013. District 10 incumbent Quincy Richard (D) plead not guilty but was later convicted over the same bribery charges as Miller. A special election to fill his seat was held May 3, 2014.
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- Opelousas, Louisiana
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- Louisiana Department of Education
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- 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, "St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, Quick Facts," accessed August 15, 2014
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "Official Results," accessed August 15, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- The Advocate, "St. Landry School Board selects superintendent," May 7, 2013
- KATC, "Cassimere elected interim St. Landry School Superintendent," March 20, 2012
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "QUALIFICATIONS OF CANDIDATES," accessed September 2, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- St. Landry Parish School Board, "Policy Manual Display And Reference Guide: Public Participation," September 2008
- St. Landry Parish School Board, "General Fund Budget Summary, FY 2013-2014," accessed November 25, 2013
- Louisiana Department of Education, "DIBELS Next," accessed November 24, 2014
- Louisiana Department of Education, "Test Results," accessed November 24, 2014
- 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, "Official Results," accessed August 15, 2014
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "Official Election Results," accessed September 17, 2014
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "HOW ARE CANDIDATES ELECTED?," accessed September 2, 2014
- KLFY 10, "St. Landry School Board elects Jolivette to fill seat," July 12, 2013