The 2012-2013 Leadership St. Tammany Class attended a special briefing February 20 at the C. J. Schoen Administrative Complex to learn first hand about the mission and achievements of the St. Tammany Parish Public School System.
Top school officials, including Superintendent W. L. “Trey” Folse, III, and Assistant Superintendents William Brady, Pete Jabbia and Cheryl Arabie addressed the group telling about the work of the 55 schools, advancements in the curriculum, and academic goals. Special attention was given to the use and teaching of technology. After the meeting, the group split up and toured five schools across the parish.
Superintendent Folse outlined improvements in security, increases in enrollment, and the awards given to the School System for its financial reporting, food service capabilities, and academic achievements. This year he acknowledged a growing number of “community connections” between the School System and area businesses, civic and social groups.
He also reviewed the numerous ways in which the School System keeps students and parents up-to-date through websites, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and emergency phone notification systems.
Attendees were given a hands-on opportunity to try various classroom technologies spotlighting popular software and hardware, from Promethean Boards and individual student handheld response devices to blogging and news reporting.
Leadership St. Tammany provides participants with a year-long planned program that touches upon the many different government, business, community, and cultural aspects of St. Tammany Parish. Meetings are held with top parish leaders and community organizations for an extensive view of outstanding area successes and future challenges.
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