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St. Charles Parish Public Schools, Louisiana
|St. Charles Parish Public Schools|
|Number of schools:||15|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||John "Jay" Robichaux (I)|
|Term length:||4 years|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in St. Charles Parish Public Schools
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtLouisiana in St. Charles Parish. The seat of parish government is Hahnville. St. Charles Parish was home to approximately 52,617 residents according to 2013 estimates by the United States Census Bureau.
St. Charles Parish underperformed compared to the rest of Louisiana in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 20 percent of St. Charles 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 $59,197 compared to $44,673 statewide. The poverty rate in the parish was 12.8 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. Charles Parish Public Schools is Felecia Gomez-Walker. She was appointed to the position on July 2, 2013, following the resignation of Rodney Lafron who had served as superintendent for more than 18 years. She is the first female superintendent for the district. James Melohn served as the interim superintendent while negotiations were completed for Gomez-Walker's contract. Prior to serving as superintendent, Gomez-Walker was the assistant superintendent for secondary schools and quality assurance. She also previously taught first and second grade, worked as an instructional specialist and served as assistant superintendent of elementary schools and curriculum, instruction and assessment.
St. Charles Parish Public Schools is overseen by a school board comprised of eight 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. Charles Parish School Board|
|1||Ellis Alexander Sr.||Independent||January 1, 2007||December 31, 2018|
|2||Melinda Huff Bernard||Republican||January 1, 2011||December 31, 2018|
|3||Dennis J. Naquin||Republican||January 1, 2007||December 31, 2018|
|4||Clarence "Sonny" H. Savoie||Democratic||January 1, 1987||December 31, 2018|
|5||John L. Smith||Democratic||January 1, 1983||December 31, 2018|
|6||John "Jay" Robichaux||Independent||January 1, 2003||December 31, 2018|
|7||Arthur Aucoin||Independent||January 1, 2011||December 31, 2018|
|8||Alex "Al" Suffrin||Independent||January 1, 2007||December 31, 2018|
School board elections
The eight 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. Eight 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. 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.
Public participation in board meetings
The St. Charles Parish School Board maintains the following policies on public testimony during board meetings on their website:
The Board encourages citizens to appear at its meetings. If someone wishes to address the Board, the following procedures from the St. Charles Parish Public Schools Policy & Procedures Manual must be followed.
—St. Charles Parish Public Schools website, (2014), 
|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. Charles 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 a graduate degree. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing a higher starting salary. Additionally, teachers can receive merit pay of $750 a year for being evaluated as "highly effective."
The following table details the salary schedule for teachers in the 2014-2015 school year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
Schools in St. Charles Parish Public Schools
St. Charles Parish Public Schools served 9,743 students in the 2011-2012 school year. The district does not archive enrollment information on its website.
St. Charles Parish Public Schools operates 15 schools which are listed below in in alphabetical order:
|St. Charles Parish Public Schools|
|Albert Cammon Middle|
|Destrehan High School|
|Ethel Schoeffner Elementary|
|Hahnville High School|
|Harry Hurst Middle|
|J.B. Martin Middle|
|Mimosa Park Elementary|
|New Sarpy Elementary|
|R.J. Vial Elementary|
|R.K. Smith Middle|
|St. Rose 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.
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, 73 percent of students taking end-of-course tests across all subjects in the district earned a grade of good or excellent. This was up 2 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, St. Charles Parish voters elected by almost 80 percent to instate term limits. Terms won in the 2014 election were the first to be affected by the limits.
|“||LOCAL OPTION ELECTION
Within St. Charles 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)
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.
- Louisiana school districts
- List of school districts in Louisiana
- St. Charles Parish Public Schools elections (2014)
- School board elections portal
- St. Charles Parish Public Schools
- St. Charles 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, "St. Charles 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
- St. Charles Parish Public Schools, "Administration," accessed December 3, 2014
- The Times-Picayune, "Felecia Gomez-Walker will be the first woman to lead St. Charles Parish schools," July 2, 2013
- 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. Charles Parish Public Schools, "About Our District: School Board Public Participation," accessed December 3, 2014
- St. Charles Parish Public Schools, "District Budget," accessed December 11, 2013
- St. Charles Parish Public Schools, "2014-2015 Budget," accessed December 11, 2014
- St. Charles Parish Public Schools, "Salary Schedule 2014-15," accessed December 3, 2014
- 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 Election Results," accessed December 4, 2014
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "HOW ARE CANDIDATES ELECTED?," accessed September 2, 2014