Longtime school system employee honored

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 30, 2001

LEONARD GRAY

PHOTO: Longtime St. Charles Parish school system employee Barbara Braud beams after receiving a crystal vase and longstem roses from each School Board member and Superintendent Dr. Rodney Lafon. The gifts were given in appreciation of Braud’s exemplary service. She retired from the system Friday and she said she looks forward to spending time with her family. (Staff Photo by Leonard Gray) LULING – Barbara Braud, the fixed point around which most of the St. Charles Parish school superintendent’s office revolved for more than 14 years, retired Friday. She received a ceremonial send-off from the St. Charles Parish School Board and Superintendent Dr. Rodney Lafon at the end of Wednesday’s board meeting, during which each member presented Braud with a beautiful long-stemmed rose. “I have enjoyed my job to the last day,” Braud exclaimed. Married to fellow school district employee Glynn Braud for 43 years, the couple retired on the same day and plan to travel extensively, while also continuing to garden and raise bees at their home in Prairieville. She began her career in 1972 as school secretary at Norco Elementary, where she worked for eight years. This was followed by a stint as secretary for then-Assistant Superintendent Stanley Berard. When Berard was named superintendent 14 years ago, and former superintendent secretary Dot Woodiel retired, Braud moved into her new job. Since then, Braud has worked for Berard and his successors, Dr. Thomas Tocco, Irvon “Cookie” Gomez and Lafon. “It’s been a good 14 years,” she said with a broad smile. Braud and her husband have four children and are anticipating the birth of their 14th grandchild in November. They live on a 16-acre site with two of their children and nine of their grandchildren. At the conclusion of the board meeting, she was presented with a large crystal vase. Then, one by one, each School Board member presented her with a long-stemmed rose and thanked her for her constant patience and assistance. As most of the board members have served throughout Braud’s years of service, the farewells and accolades were many. Board member Mary Bergeron of Luling, for example, hugged Braud and thanked her for faithfully replacing documents Bergeron had mislaid. Lafon ended the procession with the presentation of his rose, which joined the seven others in the crystal vase, now reflecting Braud’s blushing and smiling face.