On Friday, August 10, 2018, the students of Jefferson Davis Parish will return to school for the 2018 - 2019 school session. This will be my second opening of school as the Superintendent of Jefferson Davis Parish Schools and I am very excited about what we have been able to accomplish in the previous year and what opportunities remain to be seized in the future. Last year we experienced an unprecedented combination of academic and athletic successes. We celebrated our District “A” designation from the state based on overall student academic achievement as well as two state championship titles, one from the Welsh Football Team and the other one from the Lady Cardinals Golf Team. We also experienced two state runner up titles, one from the Welsh Baseball Team and the other one from the Lake Arthur Lady Tigers Basketball Team.
Because of less and less financial support from the state, we have worked extremely hard to improve the efficiencies of all operational aspects of our school system and have made difficult but necessary decisions that have led to a significantly improved current financial position. We have completed the 2017-18 financial year in a better financial position than we have been in in quite some time and we will continue to persevere to operate efficiently.
Every summer we gather school personnel and work on improving our professionalism and understanding of curriculum matters and our effectiveness as educators. These improvements always include a review and refinement in dozens of processes and procedures that we regularly implement. A sample of some of the changes for next school year include additional choices to the school uniform garments, a teacher social media policy, improvements in the quarterly bench mark examinations, and improvements in our disciplinary procedures.
We would like to congratulate and welcome several new school administrators to new leadership roles. Ms. Amy Treme will take over as the new principal of Welsh Elementary School and Ms. Rory Myers will be the new principal of Jennings Elementary.
Many of our communities have recently completed or will soon experience construction and facility improvement projects. Lacassine High has finished Phase I and II projects and the school facility will open the doors this fall utilizing every aspect of the new additions. The Welsh, Elton and Jennings school communities will soon initiate discussions about the direction and extent of potential improvement projects.
For the last three years Jeff Davis Parish has participated in the Federal CEP (Community Eligibility Program) through our school nutrition program at a great benefit to students, parents, and the district. This is the program that allows the state to use prequalifying information to determine all students at a particular school site eligible for free breakfast and lunches. The following schools are eligible to participate for the coming school year Jennings High, Welsh Roanoke, Lake Arthur High School, Jennings Elementary, Ward Elementary, Elton Elementary, Welsh Elementary and Lake Arthur Elementary.
Our teachers and support staff are among the best in the state, and we are very fortunate to have each and every one of them. We accept the challenge of elevating an already great system and improving it to the best of our abilities. Good luck to all of our students as the new year begins and we look forward to assisting all to achieve their goals and beyond.
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