I salute the previous elected school board members and the current ones as well, for their willingness to serve us to enhance our educational system in Lafayette. But, I just hope some members' egos aren't getting in the way of doing their job. Squabbling over where Superintendent Easton sits is to me an insult and a disrespectful gesture to his professionalism. Honestly, does it really matter? Or, are board member egos running wild? After all, if we think enough of Mr. Easton to pay him a substantial salary, we should at least respect him enough to have him sit wherever and next to whomever he chooses.
It is my hope that the new board and the superintendent can have positive exchanges along with the inevitable controversies or disagreements healthy for solving more salient issues about our education system. Issues like higher, much higher, teacher salaries; smaller child-to-teacher classroom ratios; adequate teacher staffing and supplies; and higher student scoring in all areas to help lift Louisiana collectively out of the lowest tier of academic achievement in the nation.
As a salaried professional administrator skilled in educational systems protocol, Mr. Easton is an advisor, facilitator, and executive leader. He is to interface with our elected good-intentioned school board members, while diplomatically dealing with egos, keeping them apprised of important issues, managing administrative operations of the school system and collectively resolving major issues. But, I'm afraid the seating issue may have hampered a truly collegial board-superintendent relationship and dampened chances for real tangible improvement in our classrooms.
In closing, I offer the following, 2 Timothy 2:14-26, for the board to think about when considering what issues to stand firm on: "Have nothing to do with stupid, senseless controversies."
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Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
Paper cites the former ADA's "experience as a prosecutor, his demonstrated integrity, and his ideas for reshaping the [DA's] office" in urging voters to support Keith Stutes Nov. 4.
Louisiana officials have sent a letter to the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene un-inviting members of the group who have recently been to ebola-affected West African countries from attending the group’s annual conference in New Orleans next week.
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have to find a way to win on the road if they plan to take over first place in the NFC South.
"It is obvious that Louisiana economic performance has not outperformed the South or the United States as a whole and, in fact, has substantially underperformed..."
A state district judge said he will rule Friday on a preliminary injunction to keep some charter schools from receiving $60 million through Louisiana's public school financing formula.
Saints fans were to gather, make merry, eat/drink compliments of a new Downtown group and watch the Saints beat Carolina and claim 1st place in the NFC South. But...
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram doesn't see his dramatic spike in production as any sort of validation.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is facing off one last time with her two main Republican challengers before next week's election.
He’s pulling for Knezek and Hidalgo on his end of the parish but issued endorsements in three other districts as well.
Off a narrow gravel road running between a handful of mostly abandoned lots near a Mississippi River levee, down past sprawling oak trees and thick weeds, a lectern framed by banana trees has been set up in front of three short rows of folding chairs.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is heading to New Orleans this weekend to stir up voter support for Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
Saints coach Sean Payton has spent much of his team's erratic season trying to build his players up.
The Daily Advertiser has weighed in on this year's LPSB elections with nine endorsements.
The Daily Advertiser uncovers at least two disciplinary actions against veteran sheriff’s deputy Kip Judice for driving a department vehicle after drinking alcohol.
The LPSB has named Melinda Mangham as the interim replacement for the District 7 seat recently vacated by Mark Cockerham.
Gifford Briggs, vice president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, insisted that a settlement is not on the table and a consent decree in exchange for a new processing fee is highly unlikely.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler says he expects about half of Louisiana's 2.9 million registered voters to cast ballots for the Nov. 4 election.
While the Division of Administration, Treasurer John Kennedy and the legislative auditor spar over the validity of a $178.5 million surplus, and how it was calculated, some officials expect it to be up for grabs sooner or later.
For all you red-blooded, church-going Americans out there unwilling to make a deal with the devil known as Obamacare, it’s OK, there’s now an alternative health care option that doesn’t include an eternal fate of hellfire and brimstone in the fine print.
Deflated in Detroit one week. Sublime in the Superdome the next.
Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy is skipping the latest TV debate in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race.
Dr. Emily Champion was found shot to death inside the Trigg County, Ky., home of her parents, who were also killed.