Letter to the Editor
Published 3:22 pm Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Another one bites the dust
You can’t believe it. More leaders of the school system are leaving with less than 20 days before our children are getting off buses and being dropped off for that first day of school. A day which is expected to be exciting. We, St. John the Baptist Parish, are about to start a search for another Superintendent as well as other personnel in the administrative staff at central office.
All this change is starting to have a negative impact on the morale of the staff in the system as well as the parish as a whole.
One thing Louisiana is noted for is patchwork on our highways; we must make sure that the choices made in the future is done with the best research that can stand up to the issues in St. John the Baptist Parish School System. I continually hear from people not living here saying we have too much politics and kinship/friendship going on when it comes to hiring staff in St. John.
King Solomon, one of the wisest men who lived, once made this observation: ”A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit” (Prov.15:13).
When our teachers become unhappy about the profession they are in, the responsibility for educating the future generations, we must stop and look at what’s missing.
The St. John School Board will have a workshop meeting on Wednesday at 8 a.m. to discuss what directions to look in. Hopefully the same old political moves will not take place; Politics got us back at this point with three Superintendents leaving us, forcing interim leadership since 2020. It is only 2023 and we need consistency and accountability to move forward from this point.
“A problem is a chance for you to do your best”-Duke Ellington