Vermilion Parish Schools, Louisiana

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Vermilion Parish Schools
Abbeville, Louisiana
Vermilion Parish Schools seal.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Jerome Puyau
Graduation rate:78.7%[1]
Number of schools:19
Budget: $96.2 million[2]
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Chris Gautreaux
Board members:8
Term length:4
Vermilion Parish Schools is a school district in Louisiana that served 9,460 students during the 2012-2013 school year.[1] This district is the 22nd-largest school district in Louisiana with an operating budget of $96.2 million for the 2010-2011 school district.[2]

About the district

Vermilion Parish Schools is located in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana
Vermilion Parish Schools is located in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana. According to the United States Census Bureau, Vermilion Parish is home to 59,253 residents.[3]


Vermilion Parish underperformed in comparison to the rest of Louisiana in terms of education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 12.5 percent of Vermilion 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 Vermilion Parish was $44,339 compared to $44,673 for the state of Louisiana. The percentage of people below poverty level for Vermilion Parish was 16.9 percent while it was 18.7 percent for the state of Louisiana.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Vermilion Parish (%) Louisiana (%)
White 81.6 63.7
Black or African American 14.6 32.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.7
Asian 2.2 1.7
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.0 0.1
Two or more race 1.3 1.4
Hispanic or Latino 2.7 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]


Jerome Puyau is the superintendent of Vermilion Parish Schools as of May 2014. He has served in this position since being elected in January 2013. Puyau earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from University of Southwestern Louisiana. For 15 years he was a special education teacher for Erath High School. Puyau also served as assistant principal with Abbeville High School and was the supervisor of facilities and maintenance for six years.[5]

School board

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

Vermilion Parish School Board
Member District Term Ends
George Gardiner A 2014
Chris Gautreaux B 2014
Dexter James Callahan C 2014
Stacy Landry D 2014
Anthony “Tony” Fontana, Jr E 2014
Charles Campbell F 2014
Carroll Leblanc G 2014
Ricky James Broussard H 2014

School board elections

See also: Vermilion Parish Schools elections (2014)

Members of the Vermilion Parish School Board are elected to four-year terms. The primary election for eight seats was held on November 4, 2014, and the general election was held on December 6, 2014.[7] No seats were up for election in 2012, and no seats will be up for election in 2015.

Public participation in board meetings

Vermilion Parish Schools does not have a published guidelines covering public participation in their policy manual.


The table below displays the budget for Vermilion Parish Schools:[8]

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
2010-2011 $61,428,000 63.9% $4,335,000 4.5% $29,933,000 31.1% $103,000 0.1% $378,000 0.4% $96,177,000
Averages: $61,428,000 64% $4,335,000 5% $29,933,000 31% $103,000 0% $378,000 0% $96,177,000

Teacher salaries

Vermilion Parish Schools employed 671 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:[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
Bachelor's 39,458 51,382
Master's 40,717 54,042
M.A. + 30 41,045 55,558
Ed.S 42,527 57,359
Ph.D. 44,227 58,861

Schools in Vermilion Parish Schools


Vermilion Parish Schools served 9,460 students during the 2012-2013 school year. Vermilion Parish Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data.[1]

District schools

Vermilion Parish Schools operates 19 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

Vermilion Parish Schools
School Name
Abbeville High
Cecil Picard at Maurice
Dozier Elementary
Eaton Park Elementary
Erath High
Erath Middle
Forked Island / E. Broussard
Gueydan High
Herod Elementary
Indian Bayou Elementary
J.H. Williams Middle
Jesse Owens Elementary
Kaplan Elementary
Kaplan High
LeBlanc Elementary
Meaux Elementary
North Vermilion
Rene Rost Middle
Seventh Ward Elem

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.[11]

Vermilion Parish, Grade 4: All Testers, 2013
Subject  % Advanced  % Mastery  % Basic  % Approaching Basic  % Unsatisfactory
English Language Arts 6 24 46 17 6
Mathematics 9 20 35 18 18
Social Studies 5 15 49 23 7
Science 2 15 54 18 10
Vermilion Parish, Grade 8: All Testers, 2013
Subject  % Advanced  % Mastery  % Basic  % Approaching Basic  % Unsatisfactory
English Language Arts 5 22 48 21 5
Mathematics 3 7 57 23 11
Social Studies 4 24 45 22 5
Science ≤1 16 58 16 9

Contact information

Vermilion Parish Schools seal.jpg
Vermilion Parish Schools
220 S. Jefferson St.
Abbeville, LA 70510
Phone: (337) 898-5770

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