Meet the Candidates: School Board District Four
Published 2:00 am Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Editor’s Note: Candidates were sent a questionnaire via email.
Date of Birth: 10-11-57
Profession/current employer/ retired: Shift Supervisor for SNF flopam
Why did you choose to run for school board? To stop the downward spiral of the school system and community using troubleshooting techniques to identify problems, then develop a plan to fix what is broken.
What is our public school district’s No. 1 challenge? Students’ preparation for academic & sociological achievements.
What is our public school district’s No. 1 asset? Teachers and financial support opportunities.
What would you like to see improved or upgraded with our public school district? School site make overs, updated curriculums, offer better choices for extra curriculum activities i.e., debate teams, swimming, golf, chess, and drama.
What qualities would you like to see in a new superintendent? Readiness to relate to all demographics, transparency, Leadership that can bring people together and bring the best out of people.
How do you plan to make a difference? Bring in and promote a selfless attitude, Identify key indicators for success, promote sub committees that would include parents, have School district townhall meetings.
Date of Birth: 01/09/1957
Profession/current employer/ retired: Retired
Why did you choose to run for school board? I chose to run for school board because I want to make a difference in the lives of the children in St. John Parish. They deserve only the best and I want to be a part of making that happen.
What is our public school district’s No. 1 challenge? Our main challenge, for various reasons, is the declining trust in our school system due to high turnover in key leadership positions.
What is our public school district’s No. 1 asset? Our number one asset in our public schools are our children. As such, we need to do all we can to protect them and give them what they need to be successful.
What would you like to see improved or upgraded with our public school district? We need to improve the ways we communicate with all our stakeholder groups. So, I’d like to see us increase community meetings and solicit more feedback from our families. I’d also like to see technology upgrades that will streamline our communication operations.
What qualities would you like to see in a new superintendent? I’d like us to have a superintendent that has strong leadership and communication skills, someone who will not be influenced by others, and who will make decisions that are best for our children.
How do you plan to make a difference? I will make a positive difference by serving my community with integrity, professionalism, and transparency. I will also make a difference by advocating for policies and procedures that are in the best interest of our children.