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St. Tammany Parish Public Schools, Louisiana
|St. Tammany Parish Public Schools|
|Superintendent:||W.L. "Trey" Folse III|
|Number of schools:||54|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Elizabeth B. Heintz (R)|
|Board members:||15 partisan|
|Term length:||4 years|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in St. Tammany Parish Public Schools
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 See also
- 11 External links
- 12 References
About the districtLouisiana in St. Tammany Parish. The seat of parish government is Covington. St. Tammany Parish was home to approximately 242,333 residents according to 2013 estimates by the United States Census Bureau.
St. Tammany Parish overperformed compared to the rest of Louisiana in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 30 percent of St. Tammany 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 $60,813 compared to $44,673 statewide. The poverty rate in the parish was 10.8 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.
|Joseph B. Lancaster||September 15, 1900|
|H. A. Verret||October 19, 1904|
|W.G. Evans||August 5, 1905|
|A. B. Peters||February 27, 1909|
|H. B. Messick||July 9, 1910|
|Elmer E. Lyon (Resigned)||October 18, 1911|
|William Pitcher (Died in Office)||July 1, 1937|
|Cyprian J. "Cyp" Schoen||October 4, 1967|
|Richard Tanner (Acting Superintendent)||January 30, 1986|
|Terry J. Bankston (Retired)||July 24, 1986|
|Leonard P. Monteleone (Died in Office)||August 17, 1995|
|Gayle Sloan||February 4, 2003|
|W. L. "Trey" Folse, III||July 1, 2010|
The superintendent of St. Tammany Parish Schools is W.L. "Trey" Folse III who began his tenure on July 1, 2010. He is the district's 13th superintendent. From 2003 to his appointment as superintendent, he served as deputy superintendent in the district.
Press [show] on the table on the right to display all the superintendents in the district's history and their starting dates.
St. Tammany Parish Public Schools is overseen by a school board comprised of 15 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. Tammany Parish School Board|
|1||Neal M. Hennegan||Republican||January 1, 1995||December 31, 2018|
|2||Elizabeth B. Heintz||Republican||January 1, 1999||December 31, 2018|
|3||Michael "Mike" J. Dirmann||Democratic||January 1, 2003||December 31, 2018|
|4||Stephen "Jack" J. Loup III||Republican||January 1, 2007||December 31, 2018|
|5||Charles T. Harrell||Republican||January 1, 2003||December 31, 2018|
|6||Michael C. Nation||Republican||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|7||Willie "Coach" Jeter||Democratic||January 1, 2011||December 31, 2018|
|8||Peggy H. Seeley||Republican||January 1, 2011||December 31, 2018|
|9||Sharon Lo Drucker||Republican||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|10||Ronald "Ron" Bettencourtt||Republican||January 1, 2003||December 31, 2018|
|11||Robert "Bob" R. Womack||Republican||January 1, 2007||December 31, 2018|
|12||Richard Hursey||Appointed||February 2, 2015||October 2015|
|13||Robin Mullett||Republican||January 1, 2015||December 31, 2018|
|14||Anthony Alfred||Appointed||October 2014||March 2015|
|15||Mary K. Bellisario||Republican||January 1, 1995||December 31, 2018|
School board elections
The 15 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. 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.
Fifteen seats were up for general election on November 4, 2014. Special elections for the District 14 and 12 seats will be held on March 28, 2015, and October 24, 2015, respectively. The next general election will be in November 2018.
Public participation in board meetings
The St. Tammany Parish School Board maintains the following policies on public testimony during board meetings on their website:
|“||Addressing the Board
Individuals or groups requesting time on the agenda for a Board meeting are recognized at the beginning of each meeting. Individuals wishing to request time on the agenda must submit written notification to the Superintendent by noon on the Monday before the Board meeting. The request needs to state the matter to be addressed. If the request is from a delegation or organization, comments before the Board are made by a spokesperson for the group. Persons making written requests for time on the agenda are given five minutes for their presentations. Also, citizens who have not requested prior approval in writing may address the Board by signing a request to speak sheet no later than 15 minutes before the scheduled meeting time. In this case, speakers may address the Board for up to three minutes. Additionally, citizens may offer comments on the subject of the Board motion prior to any vote taken by the Board.
Visitors are recognized at the beginning of each meeting. Board Members have the privilege of having persons in the audience recognized. At the discretion of the Board President, persons who have not requested time on the agenda are recognized at the end of the meeting, after all other agenda items.
—St. Tammany Parish Public Schools website, (2014), 
The table below displays the budget for St. Tammany 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|
St. Tammany Parish Public Schools employs 5,532 people including 3,145 certificated employees and 266 National Board Certified employees. 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 with raises at credit intervals. In the 2014-2015 school year, 47 percent of the district's teachers held advanced degrees. The salary schedule also accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. Merit pay can also be given to teachers who are evaluated as "highly effective."
Salaries also vary based on whether employees were hired before or after June 30, 2014 and number of month for which a contract runs. The following table details the salary schedule for teachers for the 2014-2015 fiscal year:
|Degree level||Minimum salary ($)||Maximum salary ($)|
|Master's + 30||44,843||84,765|
|Ph.D or Ed.D||45,384||88,964|
Schools in St. Tammany Parish Public Schools
St. Tammany Parish Public Schools served 37,058 students in the 2011-2012 school year. The district does not publicly archive enrollment data on its website.
St. Tammany Parish Public Schools operates 54 schools which are listed below in alphabetical order:
|St. Tammany Parish Public Schools|
|Abita Springs Elementary||Little Oak Middle|
|Abita Springs Middle||Little Pearl Elementary|
|Abney Early Childhood Center||Lyon Elementary|
|Abney Elementary||Madisonville Elementary|
|Alton Elementary||Madisonville Junior High|
|Bayou Lacombe Middle||Magnolia Trace Elementary|
|Bayou Woods Elementary||Mandeville Elementary|
|Bonne Ecole Elementary||Mandeville High|
|Boyet Junior High||Mandeville Junior High|
|Brock Elementary||Mandeville Middle|
|Carolyn Park Middle||Marigny Elementary|
|Chahta-Ima Elementary||Mayfield Elementary|
|Clearwood Junior High||Monteleone Junior High|
|Covington Elementary||Northshore High|
|Covington High Pearl||River High|
|Creekside Junior High||Pine View Middle|
|Cypress Cove Elementary||Pitcher Junior High|
|Fifth Ward Junior High||Pontchartrain Elementary|
|Florida Avenue Elementary||Riverside Elementary|
|Folsom Elementary||St. Tammany Junior High|
|Folsom Junior High||Salmen High|
|Fontainebleau High||Sixth Ward Elementary|
|Fontainebleau Junior High||Slidell High|
|Honey Island Elementary||Slidell Junior High|
|Lake Harbor Middle||Tchefuncte Middle|
|Lakeshore High||Whispering Forest Elementary|
|Lancaster Elementary||Woodlake Elementary|
|Lee Road 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, 77 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 75 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|
Terms won in the 2014 election were the first to be affected by the imposition of term limits on school board members in the parish. On November 6, 2012, St. Tammany Parish voters elected by a majority of 84.94 percent to instate term limits.
|“||LOCAL OPTION ELECTION
Within St. Tammany 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.
ADA Harry Pastuszek controversy
Spending on legal counsel by the school board to Assistant District Attorney Harry Pastuszek came under criticism following the revelation that the district had paid more than $500,000 for the services in the last year. The practice of assistant district attorneys providing legal council to school boards is common in Louisiana. However, the payment for those services is a complicated manner. Whether these deals are seen as a public service that is compensated through the district attorney's office or a private arrangement that is compensated directly with the lawyer providing the services varies.
In the case of the St. Tammany School Board, the school board has paid Pastuszek directly for legal services. The district paid him $440,666 in 2011, $475,194 in 2012 and $545,399 in 2013.
- See also: Common Core State Standards Initiative
Although the school board approved a resolution calling on the state to drop the Common Core standards in October 2013, the topic was not closed. At the September 11, 2014, school board meeting, 10 people spoke to the school board to express their dissatisfaction with the mathematics curriculum being taught under the Common Core. While Governor Bobby Jindal (R) has sued the federal government over Common Core, Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White has been a strong supporter.
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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. Tammany 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. Tammany Parish Public Schools Photograph/Document Archives, "Superintendents of Schools St. Tammany Parish," accessed December 3, 2014
- St. Tammany Parish Public Schools, "Board Briefing," May 2010
- 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. Tammany Parish Public Schools, "Meeting Guidelines," accessed December 3, 2014
- St. Tammany Parish Public Schools, "Finance," accessed November 5, 2013
- St. Tammany Parish Public Schools, "2014-2015 Quick Facts," accessed December 3, 2014
- St. Tammany Parish Public Schools, "Certificated Salary Schedules and Policies," 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 September 12, 2014
- Louisiana Secretary of State, "HOW ARE CANDIDATES ELECTED?," accessed September 2, 2014
- The New Orleans Advocate, "Tammany DA’s arrangement with School Board raises questions," September 4, 2014
- The Times-Picayune, "Common Core opposition again visits St. Tammany Parish School Board," September 11, 2014
- Politico, "Bobby Jindal sues federal government over the Common Core," August 27, 2014