School District Makes Presentation At National Conference

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 5, 2004

Press Release

School administrators from St. John the Baptist Parish School District recently visited Washington, D.C., to make a presentation to the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrator’s National Conference.

The organization and its annual conference are focused on implementing federal legislation as it relates to local school regions and districts. This year’s conference was titled “No Child Left Behind: Focus on the Vision.”

“The conference serves as a significant professional development opportunity for administrators of schools, school systems or state departments of education, who have responsibility for federally funded programs,” said Garyville/Mt. Airy Magnet Principal Patricia Triche, who along with school curriculum coordinator Annette Jennings, organized the conference presentation.

Superintendent Mike Coburn, School Board President Gerald Keller, Ph.D., and Executive Director of Personnel and Legal Services Ann LaBorde also delivered information on behalf of the district.

Triche said the presentation included visual boards and handouts to show how the district has worked within federal program guidelines to improve local schools, and how it is using federally allocated dollars to enhance effective learning efforts.

St. John the Baptist Parish School District was one of only two districts to make a presentation at this conference. Lawmakers, policy makers and those who directly control federal education programs also gave presentations during the four-day conference.

NAFEPA became organized in 1974, but didn’t officially incorporate under its current title until 1985. The organization has played a prominent role in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, when it was known as the Hawkins-Stafford Act, again as the Improving America’s Schools Act, and now as the No Child Left Behind Act.