LAP Office - North
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Our 2019-20 school year is fast approaching the end. State testing is just around the corner, and before long we will be preparing for a new school year. At this time, Louisiana is embarking on hiring a new State Superintendent. This will be a change for the entire state, but LAP will continue to work together with all stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition. LAP is also transitioning to a new Executive Director as the present Executive Director Mrs. Debra Schum will be retiring. She has served our organization for 7 years and has promised to continue keeping abreast of education reform and legislation in order to be a support system for our organization. We will all truly miss her expertise. Even though we will be experiencing change from several directions, here are a few reasons why embracing change can be a very good habit to adopt.
- Change helps you grow. ...
- Change teaches you to be flexible. ...
- Change can challenge your values and beliefs. ...
- Change reveals your strengths. ...
- Change makes you more compassionate. ...
- Change breaks up routines. ...
- Change offers opportunities.
So may all of the changes we will be facing in the near future be the best for our students, teachers, school and state.
Save the Dates and Make Plans to Attend!
I hope everyone had a chance to recoup during the Mardi Gras/Presidents Day Holiday and that you are ready to complete your school year on a positive note!
Since this will be my last message serving as the Executive Director of LAP, I wanted to say that it has been an honor and privilege to serve as the Executive Director for so many outstanding educators. I have been motivated by your dedication, hard work, and extreme care for doing what is best for the students in Louisiana schools. I know the time and energy that it takes to commit to being a leader in schools and also being there for your students, staff, communities and your families! During my 7 years serving as your Executive Director, I have been given many opportunities to meet people from around the state and nation who have the same passion for creating a community of lifelong learners—and it has provided me with memories I will treasure forever! The LAP Board of Directors has your interests at heart and it has been my pleasure to work with them and Jeanine Ford (my administrative assistant) during my tenure as Executive Director.
While it is always hard to leave a job you love---I am looking forward to spending more time with my family and grandchildren in the upcoming years. I will always be an advocate for school leaders and ensuring that we provide our schools with adequate resources and funding to guarantee all of our students a quality education.
The LAP Board of Directors has selected Joseph David to serve as the new Executive Director- he is a past president of LAP and I know that LAP will be in very capable hands! We will work together over the next few months to assure a smooth transition. However, I do want you to know that his email is [email protected] and he is eager to get started in his new role!
Just a few Notes:
· MFP Task Force meeting was held on Feb. 20th and offered a motion that will go to BESE on March 11th to ask for a 2.75% increase in MFP Funding (Approximately 80 million dollars), with half of those dollars being mandated to go to fund teacher raises if the salary is not at the Southeast average. Any additional funding will be added to level 3 to provide salary increases for all employees. The 80 million can also be used to supply raises based on local districts decisions. If BESE approves this resolution it will then go to the Legislature for approval based on the budget that is passed.
· Legislative session starts March 9th—be on the lookout for updates and issues that you may need to call your BESE or Legislative member about (especially the MFP)!
- We also want to remind you to please mark your calendars for the following Conferences:
- Annual Principals Conference—September 20- 22nd—Baton Rouge—L’Auberge Casino Event Center
- Annual Clerical Conference--- December 7th ----Lafayette--- Doubletree by Hilton
- Winter Administrators Conference (formerly the Assistant Principals Conference)— (NEW DATE) Feb 1st—Lake Charles—Golden Nugget Casino
And last but not least---PLEASE encourage your co-workers to become members of LAP-- the more members we have the more our voice is heard! We are the only organization that is affiliated with the national principal’s organizations (NAESP and NASSP) and we advocate for principals/site based administrators at the national level also!
I wish you many blessings ---I will always have LAP in my heart!
Thanks for all that you do!
2020 Census Student Activities Mailed to Every School Across the Nation
The U.S. Census Bureau recently mailed 2020 Census Statistics in Schools (SIS) kits to every school in the nation. Mailed to every public, private, and charter school administrator, the kits include information for teachers to get access to free activities and materials to use in classrooms during the 2020 Census.
The SIS kits include an administrator booklet which contains a printable flyer for teachers as well as a take-home flyer for students, information on how to access downloadable material on census.gov/schools, and large colorful wall maps for classrooms containing student friendly statistics.
SIS is a nationwide initiative designed to engage educators in helping their communities achieve a complete count in the 2020 Census. Educators across the nation are encouraged to use free census classroom resources and activities to teach students about the importance of the census in determining political representation and how billions of dollars are distributed every year back to local communities based on census counts.
The 25th Clerical Conference was held in Lafayette at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel on Sunday night, December 8, with a Game Night. Everyone had a great time.
Keynote speaker, Merlyna Valentine, presented "Mission Possible." Strategies on how to communicate effectively, embrace change, build relationships, and create a culture of excellence. Mrs. Valentine also presented strategies on how to embrace change and live your best life.
Merlyna Valentine is an author, national speaker, consultant, and owner of Merlyna Valentine Consulting, LLC. She retired from her job as an award-winning principal and educator after over thirty years of dedicated service.
She overcame a medical tragedy and thrives in her new life. Instead of focusing on what happened and what’s missing from her new life, she chooses to embrace this very different path with a positive attitude. She accepts no excuses and models this in her daily life.
The 26th Annual Clerical Conference will be held on Monday, December 7. Save the date and make plans to send your clerical staff to this professional development.
The second LAP/LDOE New Principals Workshop was held on Tuesday, December 10, at the Double Tree by Hilton in Lafayette.
Welcome, New LAP Members!
The 2020-2021 New Principals' Workshop has yet to be determined. Be on the lookout for next year's workshop.
Angele Butler, Oberlin High School
Jade Welch, Fairview High School
Madora Abney, Apollo Elementary
Anne Reeves, A. M. Barbe High School
William Sanders, A. M. Barbe High School
East Baton Rouge Parish
Shannon Aaron, Victory Academy
Cheryl Domino, Redemptorist St. Gerard School
Jimeka Johnson, Mayfair Lab School
Marinea McGehee, Trinity Lutheran School
Olga Pack, Melrose Elementary
Hazel Regis, Kenilworth Science and Technology Middle School
Monique Sanchez, Acadiana Christian School
Nabil Abukhader, Muslim Academy
Jefferson Davis Parish
Mark Deshotel, Welsh High School
John Hill, Albany Middle School
Larry Long, Ouachita Parish High School
April Vincent, Belle Chasse Academy
Pointe Coupee Parish
Lacey Bueche, STEM Magnet Academy
Tera LaPrarie, Northwood High School
St John the Baptist Parish
Glenn Chenier, STEM Magnet High School
Brandy Vaughn, Fifth Ward Elementary
Tara Henderson, Lucille Nesom Memorial School
Joanna Sampson, Loranger Elementary
Evelyn Showers, Spring Creek Elementary
Whitney Mawae, Leesville Jr. High School
Lisa Magee, Thomas Elementary
West Baton Rouge Parish
Susan Cryer, Brusly Elementary
Aaron Durbin, Dodson High School
Chasity Collier, Independence High Magnet