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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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Calvin Duet seeks re-election to School Board District 15 seat

Calvin Duet seeks re-election to School Board District 15 seat

I, Calvin Duet, a 66 year Galliano resident, am asking you to consider re-electing me as Lafourche Parish School Board member for District 15.

I am a graduate of South Lafourche and Nicholls State, where I earned a BA degree in Elementary Education and a Second Language Specialist in Elementary French.

Even though I retired with 33 years teaching experience, I have remained active in education by serving as a substitute teacher, a school volunteer and club sponsor, and a LPSB member for the past 4 years.

In my brief tenure as a school board member, I participated actively in assigned duties by attending 50 of 52 regular/special monthly meetings and 56 of 63 assigned committee meetings. I also became actively involved by attending 112 of 152 unassigned committee meetings to keep abreast of all school board issues and to give my input.

During my first term as a member, in addition to addressing concerns of numerous constituents, I proposed a policy change that would give first year principals three personal days, just as all other employees had, and it passed.

I also suggested the construction of a cafeteria at South Larose Elementary and the enclosure of the GMUE’s open interior to be placed as items to be undertaken with the new bond funds. I initiated and organized a LOOP tour for board members and central office staff. During the first Reduction in Force, I suggested instead of cutting all elementary school counselors, the superintendent try to find a way that elementary schools could at least share counselors.

I also reimbursed the school board out of my own personal funds when I was unable to attend the state school board conference due to my mother’s illness.

Reducing the board seems to be an issue. I am not in favor of reducing the board to 9 (North would have 4, Central 3, and South 2). If the south only has two voices, it is easier to ignore those two rather than the present four voices speaking for the same issue(s). An example of this actually occurred during my past two years of service. Also, four minds can generate more ideas for our end of the parish.

One thing that has not been made aware to the public is that, in addition to prior school board cuts, I am also in favor of reducing the $800 stipend/salary to $400.

In my heart, I truly believe that I have been and will continue to be an asset to all the children of Lafourche Parish. I, therefore, humbly ask for and appreciate your support in my re-election bid.