St. Landry Parish School board lays out plan to move district forward

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OPELOUSAS, La. (KLFY) – The new St. Landry Parish superintendent laid out the beginning stages of a strategic plan Monday night to the school board.

The school district currently has a “C” rating and has four failing schools, according to Superintendent Patrick Jenkins.

“We want to have a realistic goal. Everyone wants to be an A district in 5 years. Of course, we always want to be an A, that’s our ultimate goal. But we want to move up to the next letter grade which would be a B,” Jenkins said.

In his first plan as superintendent, Jenkins emphasized academics, community input, extracurricular activities and technology as the way to move the school district forward.

School Board President Raymond Cassimere said many people look at academics as the most important item, but other items need to be addressed along with it.

“We know that all of the other components drives academics. You need the technology, you need the finance,” Cassimere said.

Jenkins plans to have each school board member lead a group made of teachers, staff and community members, that will look at one aspect of the strategic plan.

They will then come back together and discuss to create a full plan, which Jenkins said could take a couple months.

“It’s going to take us all to move us forward. But I’m confident this community will rally around St. Landry Parish schools so that we can be at our very best,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins said he hopes the goals outlined in the strategic plan will be completed in three to five years.

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