After a lot of thoughtful and prayerful consideration, I have decided not to seek re-election to the Natchitoches Parish School Board.
I am very proud of the accomplishments we have all worked hard to achieve these past seven-and-a-half years, including the passing of a half-cent sales tax to stabilize our budget and to support our teachers, passing a $19,500,000 bond issue to renovate, update, and to make our city schools safer.
But I am especially proud of the recent recognition that the Louisiana Department of Education gave to our district. Of all 66 districts in Louisiana, Natchitoches Parish was 8th in overall student growth, resulting in recognition at the state level as an outstanding school system.
Growth among economically disadvantaged students is another accolade that Natchitoches Parish received, placing 8th in the category. Another achievement we are very proud of is that Natchitoches Parish earned an A in progress points with 50% or more of students meeting their growth to mastery targets.
I would like to applaud the citizens of Natchitoches Parish who are dedicated to having a good public school system and are willing to pay for it.
Natchitoches Parish is very blessed to have such fine teachers in its classrooms; excellent principals, lunch room workers, bus drivers, paraprofessionals and custodians, in its schools and an excellent central office staff. We have a great team and Brenda and I will continue to support public education in Natchitoches Parish in every way we can.
I am so happy there is someone coming up behind me that I am convinced will do an excellent job for the families and citizens of Natchitoches Parish. Her name is Reba Phelps. Brenda and I are proud to endorse her because we know she will work hard to see that we continue to make great progress in improving our children’s opportunities right here in Natchitoches Parish
Thomas “Tommy” Melder