Last Modified: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 12:20 PM
OBERLIN — The Allen Parish School Board gave Superintendent Michael Doucet good marks Monday on his annual evaluation and job performance.
“The superintendent received a rating of excellent, which in my opinion is exactly where we should be,” Board President Carolyn Manuel said.
The board went into a 40-minute executive session to evaluate Doucet, who is beginning his 15th term as the parish’s top education leader.
The evaluation commended Doucet in several areas including academic successes, budget and conditions of schools.
Manuel praised Doucet for his efforts in leading the school district, noting that the recent school year was one of the best for the parish in recent years.
“Overall the school year was one of the best we have had — academically and with extra-curricular activities — in a long time for the entire parish,” she said.
Among the academic successes noted by Manuel, the parish’s fourth graders ranked 8th in the state on the LEAP test while eighth graders ranked 18th in the state. Overall the parish ranked 11th in the state, she said.
The parish’s graduation rate has also increased, all pre-kindergarten students are now being accepted and students placing at the state literary rally has increased with all schools being represented, she said.
Teacher turnover is not in excess and more technology has been added at the school level using grants and other funds. Expulsions have decreased with the number of alternative students also decreasing.
“Our system is on course for continued improvement,” Manuel said, noting that supervisors are meeting with a consultant for review of a blueprint for continued growth.
As far as physical improvements, Manuel noted that all school facilities have been remodeled with the exception of Reeves High School which is slated to see improvements if voters approve a bond issue in December.
After the meeting, Doucet said he was pleased with his performance rating and credited the district’s success to a staff willing to work together to move the parish forward.
“It’s not just me,” he said. “We have a great board to work with and a supporting staff who do an outstanding job.”
Doucet said he looks forward to working with students and educators on the new Jump Start program in the new school year. The program will provide high school students with career courses and workplace experiences leading to high wage jobs.
“I want to stay abreast on the program because there are more job opportunities coming, especially with everything going on in Lake Charles,” he said. “Our students will benefit from the program.”