Ascension Parish School Board

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School Board Newsletter for Aug. 15, 2017

A recap of official action taken on August 15, 2017.
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Mia Edwards Named Director of Secondary Schools
Ascension Public Schools announces the appointment of Mia Edwards as the new Director of Secondary Schools. Edwards replaces Lisa Bacala, who recently retired.

"We are delighted that Mia wants to take this next step in her career and serve our high school principals," said Superintendent David Alexander. "I know she is going to do a great job."

Born and raised in Donaldsonville, Edwards has worked in education for 29 years.

She began her career at Donaldsonville High School and served as a classroom teacher for 15 years at various schools including Lowery Middle, Galvez Middle and Lake Elementary. She served two years as the coordinator of a LaSIP grant, which was a partnership between Ascension and LSU. Edwards returned to the district as an instructional coach for several schools and served as a coordinator of staff development for the district.

For 10 years, she served as a campus administrator at St. Amant High School: four years as an assistant principal and six years as principal. Earlier this year, she was a 2018 Semifinalist for Louisiana Principal of the Year.

"Thank you for placing your trust and confidence in my ability to serve the high schools," said Edwards. "I am really excited about this opportunity to work with our communities and commit to serving all the high schools in this district with the passion I have served St. Amant High School."

Edwards earned a bachelor's degree in business education and a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Nicholls State University. She also earned a specialist degree in science from Louisiana State University.

For more information about Edwards, visit
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
Louis Lambert
First Elected: 2014
Hometown: Galvez
Occupation: Crew Leader for Atmos Entergy
Maintenance (Chair); Athletics, Personnel, Strategic Planning, Students and Safety First, and Technology
Interesting Fact: Lambert has extensive experience volunteering and fundraising for local non-profits such as Volunteer Ascension, United Way and the Susan G. Komen organization. For the last 5 years, he
Board Action
The following items were approved by the Ascension Parish School Board:
  • Approval of Sealed Bid Recommendation 10639-Frozen Food Products Parish Wide Child Nutrition Program
  • Approval of Sealed Bid Recommendation 10641-Athletic Field Marking Paint
  • Approval of Personnel Changes July1-31, 2017
  • Approval of Monthly Head Start Reports June , 2017 and July, 2017
  • Approval of contract for newly appointed Director of Secondary Education
  • Notification that the following Administrative contracts will expire in the next 120 days:
    • Mrs. Edith Walker, Director of Middle Schools
    • Mrs. Robin Anderson, Principal of Sorrento Primary School
    • Ms. Carol Smith, Principal of Prairieville Primary School
    • Mrs. Leuna Johnson, Supervisor of Child Nutrition Program
AUGUST 22, 2017 (School Board Office)
6:30 p.m., Curriculum and Finance Committee

SEPTEMBER 5, 2017 (School Board Office)
5:30 p.m., Insurance Committee
6:30 p.m., BOARD MEETING

SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 (Gonzales Courthouse)
5:30 p.m., Policy Committee
6:30 p.m., BOARD MEETING

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 (School Board Office)
5:30 p.m., Facilities Management Committee
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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