Ascension Parish School Board

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School Board Newsletter for Apr. 18, 2017

A recap of official action taken on April 18, 2017.
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Amy Gayle Named Assistant Principal of Central Middle
Ascension Public Schools announces the appointment of Amy Gayle as Assistant Principal of Central Middle School. Gayle was introduced at the April 18 Ascension Parish School Board meeting.

"Mrs. Gayle has been in Ascension Parish her entire career including while student teaching. I had the pleasure of working alongside her at Dutchtown High School and believe she will be an asset at Central Middle School," said Superintendent David Alexander.

Originally from Lake Charles, Gayle student taught at Galvez Middle and St. Amant High schools while attending Louisiana State University. Upon graduation, she taught eighth grade math at Galvez Middle for four years before moving to Dutchtown High School to teach geometry. In 2012, she became an instructional coach for Central Middle and St. Amant Middle schools. Gayle moved to Donaldsonville High School in 2014 as a master teacher before returning to Dutchtown High School this year.

"I began student teaching in this wonderful district and am very thankful for that. There are many administrators, current and former, that have molded me for this new role," said Gayle. "I look forward to working with my new Central family and am excited to grow under Principal Monica Hill's leadership."

Gayle earned a bachelor's degree in secondary math with a minor in sociology and a master's degree in educational leadership from LSU.
New Dutchtown High School Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Guy Mistretta (right) was introduced at Tuesday's Board meeting. He is pictured with Superintendent David Alexander. Click here to learn more about Mistretta.
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 23, 2017 Finance and Curriculum Meeting to May 30, 2017
  • Personnel Changes for March 1-31, 2017
  • Head Start Reports for February 1-28, 2017
  • Sealed Bid Recommendation -- SB-10613 Dutchtown High School Bleacher Motor Installation
  • Notification that the following Administrative Contracts will be renewed:
    • Mrs. Amy Champagne, Principal, Pecan Grove Primary
    • Mrs Margie Meyers, Instructional Supervisors, Central Office
    • Mr. Paul Sampson, Assistant Principal, Lowery Middle School
  • Contract for Newly Appointed Principal -- Donaldsonville Primary School
  • Contract for Newly Appointed Assistant Principal -- Central Middle School
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 3, 2017 (ITTC, Central Middle School)
3:30 p.m., Child Nutrition Committee

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

MAY 30, 2017 (School Board Office)
6:30 p.m., Curriculum and Finance Committee

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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