Louisiana state departments and cabinet agencies spend more than $5 million annually on press secretaries and media relations.
Is it political overkill or worth every penny?
By Jeremy Alford
The responsibilities of a Louisiana governmental press secretary extend far beyond fielding requests from reporters. Some duties aren’t in the job description, as Marsanne Golsby learned during her stint as former Gov. Mike Foster’s top media liaison.
The Republican wunderkind has failed Louisiana as a fiscal steward.
By JEREMY ALFORD
When Gov. Bobby Jindal took office in January 2008, he inherited a state budget that included a $1 billion surplus. During these tough economic times, that seems like a distant memory, almost a fairy tale, yet it was only four years ago.
From ridding the system of poor-performing principals to getting kids ready for kindergarten and yanking Butler buildings from our campuses, Superintendent Pat Cooper lays out his six-year turnaround initiative.
By Heather Miller • Photos by Robin May
If former N.P. Moss Middle School Principal Ken Douet had been working under Superintendent Pat Cooper last year when the middle school was shuttered to avoid state takeover, the six Lafayette Parish School Board members who blocked Douet’s promotion to a high-performing high school would have never been compelled to do so following Moss’s closure.
We don’t need national surveys to tell us what we already know: Festival International de Louisiane is pure gold, baby.
Is there a better time to be Lafayette, La.? That’s a rhetorical question. There is not. As you read this on Wednesday, April 25, or thereafter, I’m on vacation — my annual “stay-cation” devoted to doing virtually nothing but Festival International de Louisiane. I’m hoping for mild, dry weather — knock on wood. But if it’s hot and steamy and the heavens open up, I don’t give a damn. It’s Festival week.
Cover Photo by: Philip Gould
The winners of this year’s INDesign Awards share a passion for excellence in their craft.
By The Independent Staff
It’s time again to honor the brightest and best among Acadiana’s considerable constellation of architects, interior designers and the array of professionals who support their creative efforts to make our offices like homes and our homes like heaven, and who ensure that our unique architectural history is both preserved and celebrated even as it evolves.
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