Ascension Parish School Board

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School Board Newsletter for Apr. 4, 2017

A recap of official action taken on April 4, 2017.
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Mary McMahan Named Instructional Supervisor
On Tuesday, Mary McMahan was introduced as an Instructional Supervisor for primary schools and early childhood education, effective July 1, 2017. She will replace Bridget Boudreaux, who is retiring after 33 years in Ascension.

"Mary has been with Ascension Parish for the last 20 years and 12 of those as a primary school administrator. We are fortunate to have someone with her extensive experience working with primary schools and, in particular, our early childhood programs. We look forward to continuing to have her on our team," said Superintendent David Alexander.

A resident of Prairieville, McMahan has been an educator for 24 years. She began as a second grade teacher for the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge then taught special education for fourth, fifth and sixth grades in Livingston Parish. 

For the last 20 years, she has served the students of Ascension Parish as a first and fifth grade teacher at G.W. Carver Primary, a teacher coach at Lowery Intermediate and Central Primary schools, an assistant principal at G.W. Carver Primary, principal of Dutchtown Primary and principal of Donaldsonville Primary. 

"I always appreciate the confidence this district has instilled in me and am looking forward to this opportunity," said McMahan. "It is going to be strange not to be attached to one school, but I look forward to this new venture."

McMahan earned a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and a master's degree in school administration and educational leadership from Louisiana State University. 

She and her husband of 30 years, Vince, have three children: Angela, Domenick and Michelle.
Patricia Russo, Dist. 7B

Taft Kleinpeter, Dist. 5D
Vice President

Robyn Penn Delaney, Dist. 1

Scott Duplechein, Dist. 2

Julie Blouin, Dist. 3

Kerry Diez, Dist. 4A

John Murphy, Dist. 4B

Shawn Sevario, Dist. 5A

Lorraine Wimberly, Dist. 6A

Louis Lambert, Dist. 6B

Troy Gautreau, Sr., Dist. 7A
Member Spotlight
Scott Duplechein
Elected: 2014
Hometown: St. Amant
Occupation: Agent with Hughes Insurance
Committee(s): Athletics (Chair), Child Nutrition, Maintenance, Transportation, Strategic Planning and Budget
Interesting Fact: Duplechein can cook a mean pot of jambalaya! Not only was he the Jambalaya World Champion in 2013, but he also was named World Champion of Champions in 2016. He and his wife of 23 years, Kellie, are the proud parents of 3 great young ladies.
Board Action

The following items were approved by the Ascension Parish School Board:
  • Move the May 16, 2017 school board meeting to East Ascension High School
  • Sealed Bid Recommendation- SB 10610 Bus Camera Systems
  • Sealed Bid Recommendation- SB 10612 St. Amant Middle School Flood Restoration
  • Contract for Newly Appointed Instructional Supervisor
  • Continuing Learning Units Earned by Board Members in 2016:
    • Julie Blouin, 21.5
    • Robyn Penn Delaney, 24.75
    • Kerry Diez, 19.5
    • Scott Duplechein, 29.25
    • Troy Gautreau, 16.5
    • Taft Kleinpeter, 10.5
    • Louis Lambert, 19.5
    • John Murphy, 14.5
    • Patricia Russo, 23
    • Shawn Sevario, 8
    • Lorraine Wimberly, 10.5
APRIL 11, 2017 (ITTC Central Middle)
5:30 p.m., Board Workshop

APRIL 18, 2017 (Gonzales Courthouse)
4:30 p.m., Strategic Planning Committee
5:30 p.m., Budget Committee 
6:00 p.m., Insurance Committee 
6:30 p.m., BOARD MEETING 

APRIL 25, 2017 (School Board Office)
6:00 p.m., Athletics Committee
6:30 p.m., Finance and Curriculum Committee

MAY 2, 2017 (School Board Office)
4:45 p.m., Students and Safety First Committee
5:30 p.m., Policy Committee
6:30 p.m., BOARD MEETING

MAY 16, 2017 (East Ascension High School)
5:00 p.m., Technology Committee
6:00 p.m., Budget Committee
6:30 p.m., BOARD MEETING

The Board holds regularly scheduled public meetings on the 1st, 3rd and 4th Tuesday of every month (except for holidays). The 1st and 4th Tuesday meetings are held at the School Board Office in Donaldsonville. The 3rd Tuesday meeting is held at the Ascension Parish Courthouse in Gonzales.

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