School opening two weeks away

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The 2019-20 public school session in LaSalle Parish officially gets underway in just two weeks under the watchful eye of third-year LaSalle Superintendent of Schools Janet Tullos.

Teachers will report for in-service training at Jena High School on Tuesday August 13th. Other training has been planned for Wednesday, Aug. 14th, as well as teachers will be getting their classrooms ready for the new school year.

Public school students will report to school for a full day of classes on Thursday, August 15th. Classes at the Head Start School in Good Pine will also begin on Thursday, Aug. 15th.

Classes at Temple Christian Academy in Jena will begin on Thursday, August 15th. Open house at the school will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 13. Pre-K 3 and 4 students will not report to classes until Monday, August 19.

Like many previous years, several changes have been made which will be in effect as the new school year opens.

In addition to Supt. Tullos beginning her third year, other changes at the central office include: Kathryn Tyler, Supervisor of Elementary Education, will assume duties as Title I Program Supervisor in September with retirement of Supervisor Sheila King. Deborah Mayo, former principal at Nebo Elementary School, will replace Tyler as Supervisor of Elementary School in early September.

Central office staff to continue their service include Tania Taylor, Supervisor of Secondary Education; Orrin Glen “Slick” Joiner, Supervisor of Transportation and Maintenance; Melinda Edwards, Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance, SIS Coordinator; Robyn Smith, Personnel Director; Kevin Bacle, Technology Technician; Kelly Thompson, Supervisor of Child Nutrition Program; Debbie Finlay, CPA, Business Manager; and Jenene Bignar, Supervisor of Special Education.

Several new administrators will assume duties at parish schools with the beginning of the new school year:

• Jeremy Cassels will be Principal and Casie Bradford will be Assistant Principal at Jena Junior High School. Cassels was named acting Principal during the past school year after Principal Rhonda Russell was assigned to Olla Elementary School as acting principal.

• Rhonda Russell will return to Olla Elementary School as Principal this year, with Malacha Harris returning as Assistant Principal.

• Stephanie Francis, former Assistant Principal at Good Pine Middle School, will assume duties as Principal at Nebo Elementary School (replacing Deborah Mayo).

• Melinda Robison will continue as Principal at Good Pine Middle School, and will be joined by Jessica Marks as Assistant Principal (replacing Stephanie Francis).

• Melissa Loe will begin her second full year as Principal at Fellowship Elementary School.

• Deedra Zeagler will continue as Principal and Nickie Wilson as Assistant Principal at Jena Elementary School.

• Anthony Jackson will begin his second year as Principal at Jena High School, and Adam Powell will be in his second year as Assistant Principal. Returning to duties are Jennifer Peters, Administrative Assistant, and Samantha Manning, Guidance Counselor.

• Kara Masling continues as Principal and Greg Jones as Assistant Principal at LaSalle High School, with Katie Helton as Guidance Counselor.

• Stephanie Clark continues as Principal at LaSalle Junior High School.

The LaSalle Parish School Board has discontinued any public school Pre-K tuition. Slots are still available at Jena Elementary, Nebo Elementary, Fellowship Elementary and Olla Elementary. Personnel will be available at these schools on August 2nd and thereafter to register Pre-K students. Parents should bring the following items to register students: certified birth certificate, social security card, current immunization record, insurance card, 911 address verification form, proof of residence in LaSalle Parish (2 utility bills) and proof of income (2 consecutive check stubs from last 2 checks for working parents).

Looking forward to her third year as Superintendent, Tullos stated recently, “As we start the new school year it is important to remember: Almost everything in life resorts back to the school and the attitudes we reflect. It is proven that when you have rising student achievement, the crime rate is lower and when communities band together to support each other, property values in that community go up. What goes on in our school system affects our communities.”

“Administrators, faculty and community stakeholders have the power to make a positive impact on the lives of our students every day,” she stated. “It is up to us to use this influence to remove barriers, support students in their challenges, and give them access to the knowledge and information that will prepare them to be successful in their future endeavors.”

“With the support of our parents and communities, we can do great things for LaSalle Parish students,” she stated.

“The LaSalle Parish School System is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student every day.  Our goal is to provide every child with a world-class education in excellence and equity to empower each student to reach their highest potential.

“LaSalle Parish is dedicated to insuring our students will have an effective school with strong instructional leadership, clear school mission, high expectations, and an objective method of measuring their academic progress. This will prepare them to become successful members of society and our future leaders of our community, parish, state, and country.

“Our motto is “Teamwork for every student, every day”, Tullos concluded.

School Holidays

Students will be in school for just two and one-half weeks before they get their first three-day weekend holiday. Schools will be dismissed on Monday, September 2nd, in observance of Labor Day.

Other holidays for the school year include:

Oct. 7 – Professional Development Day (no classes).

Nov. 25-29 – Thanksgiving holidays.

Dec. 23-Jan. 3 – Christmas/New Years holidays.

Jan. 6 – Professional Days (no classes).

Jan. 20 – Martin Luther King day.

Feb. 17-21 – Winter break.

April 10-17 – Easter break.

May 19 – Last day of school.

Other important school dates are:

Sept. 20 – LHS homecoming.

Oct. 18 – JHS homecoming.

May 14 – LHS graduation.

May 15 – JHS graduation.

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