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Moving Forward with Team;
Enhancing the Vision!

January 2015

Message from the Superintendent


As we tuck away the memories of 2014, we tend to reminisce of the events of the past and are eager to generate new experiences. Often, there are pleasant memories, and, yes, there are those moments we wish we could erase.  Our education family was both positively and negatively impacted in 2014.  There were new additions to our team—new employees, and births that expanded our education family.  Unfortunately, as we celebrate the wonderful additions to our district, we also bid farewell to those in our education family who passed away.  It is with sadness and heavy hearts that we honor the memories of all our colleagues, students, and friends who passed away in 2014.  We will cherish those memories as we move forward into 2015.  
Additionally, there are also those who are leaving the school district because they are retirement eligible, or merely for personal reasons.   One individual who has chosen to retire towards the end of January is Olan Granger, Energy Maintenance/Operations Manager.  Olan has been a tremendous asset to the school district and, more specifically, to me during my tenure as superintendent and various roles within the St. Martin Parish School System.  I have a vivid memory of Olan and his tenacious spirit of changing a “culture,” or mindset, relative to energy conservation.  He has had such a profound influence on many school board employees throughout the years as many were continuously reminded to turn off lights in classrooms, or offices that were not being utilized.  (To this day, I often find myself turning off lights in restrooms in public facilities—albeit, a good habit to have—thanks to Olan Granger.)  Olan is to be commended for his many years of service to the St. Martin Parish School System and his desire for the school district to have well-maintained facilities.  He is leaving behind a “team” who respected and worked well with him.   
Preparations for a new year are underway.  The most challenging is ‘finding the one resolution that will be followed to completion.”   Although many resolutions are put forward with good intentions, there are many that are short-lived.  As we welcome in the New Year (2015), I want to share this quote by novelist, Oren Arnold.  As I begin the 2015 year, I am going to make every effort to adhere to his wise words: 

“To your enemy, forgiveness.  To an opponent, tolerance.  To a friend, your heart.  To a customer, service.  To all, charity.  To every child, a good example.  To yourself, respect.”  ~Oren Arnold

 In education, there is room for forgiveness, tolerance, love, charity—and yes, respect. Respect is critical to success and team work.  As we look at our country, communities, school system, and the state of affairs in education at the local, state, and national levels, it is my hope there will be a willingness to have that “roundtable discussion” that should have occurred prior to the enactment of  laws and education reform initiatives  in 2012.  I pray that 2015 will be the year for educators and they will receive the respect from students, parents, civic leaders and others. Education is a noble profession and should be promoted as such.   I am hopeful 2015 will be the year for reconciliation and positive changes, and I wish everyone a Happy New Year!
 
BOARD UPDATE

 At the beginning of the Wednesday, January 7, 2015, school board meeting, school board members took their oath of office which was administered by Mark Boyer, St. Martin Parish Legal Counsel.  Mr. Burton Dupuis, retired educator and former superintendent of St. Martin Parish Schools, was introduced and congratulated by Dr. Lottie P. Beebe, Superintendent, and other board members.  The Board unanimously approved the nominations of Mark Hebert and Richard Potier as president and vice-president.

In other business, Dr. Beebe presented Mr. Russel Foti with a plaque for his service as board president during 2014.

Candice Grivet, SE teacher, was recognized for her efforts in securing grant funds via the Richard Guidry Grant.  Cajun stories will be used for cultural purposes for the entire school, but also as a base for close reading and the PARCC test questioning (orally and written).

Mr. Leonard Rainey, a regional representative for Senator David Vitter, took a few minutes to introduce himself to the board and members of the audience.

Dr. Beebe acknowledged Mrs. Clair Blanchard, Food Services Supervisor, and her staff for their efforts to attain a favorable audit during a recent visit from the Louisiana Department of Education.  The three schools involved in the audit were Cecilia Primary, Breaux Bridge High, and the Early Learning Center.

Mr. Olan Granger, Operations/Maintenance, and his staff were applauded for their excellent craftsmanship and design of wall frames that will display photos of former superintendents, board presidents, and historical buildings
For further information regarding the school board agenda, please click on the following link
In This Issue

  • Message from the Superintendent
  • Board Meeting Update
  • School Board Takes Oath
  • Finance News
  • Employee of the Month
  • Students of the Year
  • Grant Winners
  • Retirement
  • School News
  • Condolences

Click here to view the 2014-2015 District Calendar.

NEXT SCHOOL BOARD MEETING  
February 4, 2015
5:00  P.M.


St. Martin Parish School Board
Department of Administration

625 Corporate Dr.
Breaux Bridge

 

St. Martin Parish School Board

Welcomes New Member

 
Mr. Burton Dupuis, District 6
The January sales tax supplement of $350 per employee will be paid on Friday, January 16, 2015.   Our 20th of the month payroll will also be paid on this date as well.
 
At the January board meeting the board received from Kolder, Champagne, Slaven & Company our annual audit report for year ending June 30, 2014.  An item of importance from the financial information presented was that our overall statement of net position decreased by $3,000,000 from the previous year, largely due to the OPEB obligation that must be reported on our financials each year.  The OPEB obligation is Other Post-Employment Benefits, primarily health insurance to retirees and future retirees.  Beginning next year we will also have to report the unfunded retirement liability that exist, this too will have a large impact on our financial statements.   While the district remains very stable in financial position it is important to keep these things in mind moving forward and continue to operate in a conservative manner.  The full audit report will be available on our website under the Business Department tab.
 
St. Martin Parish School Board would like to extend condolences to the families of Eddie Cormier, Carrrie Simoneaux, and Penny Harris.

St. Martin Parish School System
Bids Farewell
to a Retired Educator/Administrator

 

Mr. Eddie Cormier passed away on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at his residence in Lafayette.  Mr. Cormier served the St. Martin Parish School District for 33 years in the following roles:  teacher, coach, principal, and supervisor.  Our heartfelt condolences are forwarded to his family and loved ones.

The St. Martin Parish School System
Bids Farewell to a Retired Employee

Mrs. Simoneaux passed away on November 28, 2014 at Lafayette General Medical Center.  She worked as a bus driver for many years.  Her smile and fun personality will be greatly missed.

ADMINISTRATORS
2014-2015

Breaux Bridge Primary
Lydia Capdepon, Principal
Lisa Thibodeaux, Asst. Principal

Breaux Bridge Elementary
Joy Cormier, Principal


Breaux Bridge Junior High
Denise Frederick, Principal


Breaux Breaux Bridge High
Louis Blanchard, Principal
Ronald Poland, Asst. Principal
Katherine Freshley, Asst. Principal


Cecilia Primary
Suzanne Leboeuf, Principal
Jill Bozeman, Asst. Principal


Teche Elementary 
Latonia Cretian, Principal
Angela Watson, Asst. Principal


Cecilia Junior High
Charee Theriot, Principal
Eileen Rowe, Asst. Principal


Cecilia High School
Daniel Leboeuf, Principal
Nicole Usie, Asst. Priincipal


Catahoula Elementary
Annette Baudoin, Principal


Parks Primary
Julie Laviolette, Principal
Tassala Jones, Asst. Principal


Parks Middle School
Dr. Wanda Phillips, Principal
Cheryl Mitchell,  Asst. Principal


Early Learning Center
Jessica Landry, Principal


St. Martinville Primary
Sarah Allen, Principal
Tashonna Hypolite, Asst. Principal

St. Martinville Junior High
Elizabeth Thibeaux-Clay, Principal
Devin Baltazar, Asst. Principal


St. Martinville Senior High
Michael Kreamer, Principal
Ginger Francis, Asst. Principal
Kevin Dugas, Asst. Principal


Stephensville Elementary
Bryan Staton, Principal


JCEP
Shirley Thibodeaux,  Asst. Principal

CENTRAL OFFICE
 ADMINISTRATORS
2013-2014

 
Dr. Lottie Beebe, Superintendent
Al Blanchard, Dir. of Human Capital
Dr. Gail Dalcourt, Dir. of Curriculum & Instruction
Kara Meaux, Dir. of Federal Programs
Casey Broussard, CFO
Anthony Polotzola, Supervisor of Organizational Structures and Human Capital
Henry Derouselle, Supervisor of Operations
Christine Foster, Supervisor of Computer Services
Bonnie Thibodeaux, Supervisor of Elementary Education
Laura Turpeau, Supervisor of Secondary Education
Redell Louis, Supervisor of Educational Technology
Kellie Leblanc, Supervisor of Virtual Learning
Frederick Wiltz, Supervisor of Child Welfare & Attendance
Mary Journet, Truancy Coordinator
Khristy Hulin, Safe & Drug Free Schools Coordinator
Adrienne Huval, Health Centers Coordinator
Clair Blanchard, Supervisor of School Nutrition
Pamela Jordan, Title I Supervisor, 5-8
Melanie Taylor, Title I Supervisor, K-4
Nicole Angelle, Supervisor of Early Childhood and Family Involvement
Leah Hebert, Special Education Supervisor, PK-4
Mike Hebert, Special Education Supervisor, 9-12
Bridget Bergeron, Special Education, Supervisor, 6-8
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The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)  is scheduled to meet in  
Rouge at the Claiborne Building on Tuesday, January 13, and Wednesday, January 14, 2015. 
Minutes and videos are accessible at the following website:  http://bese.louisiana.gov.
The employee of the month for January 2015 is Mrs. Harriet “Irene” Winters.  Mrs. Winters is a custodian at Breaux Bridge Elementary.  Mrs. Winters was nominated by her principal, Mrs. Joy Cormier, who praised Mrs. Winters as a model employee.  Mrs. Cormier stated that Mrs. Winters often goes above and beyond the call of duty by helping students, assisting in the office, and taking on tasks that are not necessarily part of her job duties.  She does all of this and still completes her regular job duties.  Principal Cormier also stated that Mrs. Winters completes all of her tasks with great efficiency and a great deal of pride.  She is not afraid to do whatever it takes to make the school a better place.  Congratulations to Mrs. Harriet Winters on a job very well done and for being chosen as the January 2015 Employee of the Month! 

 
Board Members Take the Oath of Office

Quality Science & Math (QSM)
 

Rebecca Clark - Parks Middle School
Shelly Dupre - Cecilia Junior High
Chasity Morales - Stephensville

 

The Richard Guidry Cajun and Creole Language Fund
 

Candice Grivet - Stephensville

 

Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)


Rebecca Clark - Parks Middle School
Shelly Dupre - Cecilia Junior High
Julie Stelly - Early Learning Center
Tiffany Tibodeaux - Early Learning Center



 

Olan Granger Retires

      Our long time Energy/Maintenance Foreman, Mr. Olan Granger is retiring this month, after more than twenty years of service to the St. Martin Parish School Board.  For the last two decades, Mr. Granger has overseen the Maintenance Department and kept a watchful eye on the contractors providing construction services to our School Board.  Mr. Granger, or “O” as he is known by many people, will be missed.  Before coming to work for the School Board, he worked in the construction business, starting out as a carpenter and later going on to be part owner of a construction company.  Mr. Granger has a working knowledge of all trades, including carpentry, electrical, HVAC, and plumbing.  He is also very skilled at reading plans, as well as having a vast amount of knowledge about each campus in the district.  To put it succinctly, Olan is a walking encyclopedia when it comes to the maintenance of our facilities.  Due to Olan’s leadership in the Maintenance Department, we have drawings of each campus with details about water, electrical, gas, and sewer lines.  We also have in these plans the location of all shut off valves for each of these services.  This may seem as though it is an obvious need, but when Olan began in the department over two decades ago, this did not exist.  These drawings are updated as work is done at each site. We also have a computerized work order system and have already processed over 1500 work orders since July 1, 2014.
      Mr. Ferrell Hoskins will be replacing Mr. Granger and began shadowing him on January 5, 2015.         Mr. Granger will be visiting each school and introducing Mr. Hoskins to each principal.  Mr. Hoskins will also be visiting each construction site and getting acclimated to each project.  Mr. Hoskins certainly has some big shoes to fill!

Breaux Bridge Elementary

To celebrate the season of giving, Kent Byron of Lafayette, LA purchased 52 new bicycles to donate to 4th grade children at Breaux Bridge Elementary School. Parents, Breaux Bridge Elementary staff members, Byron, and a few of Byron’s representatives gathered in the gymnasium to give the bicycles to the students.
The students were brought into the gym and lined up in front of the bicycles. They were each given a number, and their numbers were called randomly. The students whose numbers were called got to choose their bicycle and sit on it until all 52 students chose their bicycles. Once all students chose their bicycles, they celebrated with their parents, Byron, and the staff members. The parents brought the bicycles home after they and their children thanked Byron for his generosity.
 
Parks Primary
Parks Primary School's Science Fair Achievers
First Place winners: Bryce Tauzin, Andre Brown, Jesse Guidry, Graci Laviolette, Ariana Cormier, Shelby Ivanoff, Dominic Nora, Grace Gordon, Ashlie Theriot, Kali Usie, Javontae Torrence, Jonah Theriot.
Second Place winners: Gabriel Breaux, Natelie Theriot, Ava Douet, Shay Champagne, Peyton Patin, Kaylin Thibodeaux, Reginald Boutte, Allie Boudreaux, Deacon Robin, Paris LeBlanc, Stephanie Savoy.
Third Place winners: Marjie Clausen, Canon Daspi, Alaysia Savoy, Kayne Frederick, Alyssa Usie, Landon Guidry, Sydney Durio, Lael Dugas, Wyatt Begnaud, Laik Clause, Braxton Boggs, Brogan Babin
 

Cecilia High School
Mr. Ricky Julien, CHS's indefatigable band director, visited all three lower schools during the final week of school before the holiday break.  His goal was to spark interest in younger students in joining the band.
 
Mr. Julien also had the band visit Cecilia Primary to help with providing context from a story about musical instruments.  Click here to read a letter received from Cindy Huval:


The CHS SPEAK Club, sponsored by Dane Thibodeaux and dedicated to cleaning up our environment, put on its first can drive. In just a few days they were able to collect thousands of cans. In the pictures bellow, Miles stands amongst 910 cans collected at school and in the other picture we have four thousand or so cans collected at the Al Berard Music Festival. For every 50 cans collected, we have a chance to be selected for a $10,000 scholarship. 
 
 

Jonathan Johnson of Cecilia HS was named to the LHSAA Composite Academic All State Football Team (4.0 GPA) and was recognized at halftime of the 4A state championship game in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
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