Welcome Letter from the Superintendent 2019-20

 

    

Lafourche Parish School District

 

 

Dear Parents, Students, Employees, Community Members, and Friends of the Lafourche Parish School District,

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year in the Lafourche Parish School System. As usual, summer has gone by quickly and it is time again to focus on school. I am sure everyone’s time over the summer was well spent. The time has come, however, to begin a new year of learning. Each school year begins with the goal to achieve a high level of success and we invite all students and parents to become engaged and involved in school to reach this goal. Take advantage of the opportunities ahead to make this a productive and enjoyable school year. Our teachers are ready to begin working with all of their students and our administrators have planned during the summer to help make this year a success. Our teachers have also prepared during the summer for the new school year as they continue to refine and improve the delivery of instruction. Our support staff members are ready to assist in a variety of ways to help our students. We ask that everyone work hard together to improve student learning. Please remain in contact with your child’s teachers throughout the year to address any questions or concerns you may have. A good line of communication is the best remedy for most situations. After starting with the teacher, if you still have concerns, please contact your school’s principal.  As we move forward together, please continue to positively support your child’s education and school. There are events throughout the school year that support academics and extra-curricular activities. We look forward to your participation. Thank you for your support as we strive to provide the best education possible for our children.

 

Louis Voiron, Jr., Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Lafourche Parish Public Schools Philosophy

Since the public schools of Louisiana are expected to adhere to democratic principles, the philosophy of education for Lafourche Parish must also serve democratic purposes.

Democracy is concerned with the individual’s living as a part of the group. It is based on the principle that man realizes his optimum development by sharing in the larger life of the group. It embraces the thesis of the dignity and of the unique value of each individual personality. It subscribes to Emerson’s dictum that “all men are capable of living by reason.” It resolves the inevitable conflicts that arise between the individual and the group by increasing the scope of their common interests. In a school system which is based on a democratic philosophy of education, the whole problem of meeting individual differences can be solved by answering the following questions:

  1. What is best for the child concerned?
  2. What is best for the social group to which the child belongs?

Lafourche Parish Public Schools Mission, Vision and Belief

Mission Statement:
Lafourche Parish public schools strive to offer exemplary academic, career, co-curricular and extra-curricular programs to develop in all students a strong sense of responsibility, citizenship, and respect for others in a safe and nurturing environment.

Vision Statement:
Lafourche Parish public schools are committed to helping all students become lifelong learners, realize their full potential, appreciate the relevance of their education, and become empowered for success.

Belief Statements:

1. Education is the first priority.
2. All children can learn.
3. Open and honest communication builds trust.
4. High expectations must be set for everyone.
5. Efficient and effective fiscal management is imperative.
6. Collaboration with parents and community agencies reduces barriers to learning.
7. Early childhood programs enable students to come to school prepared to learn.
8. Shared decision-making and accountability enhance school effectiveness and increases student achievement.

Address

Lafourche Parish Public Schools

Street address:
805 East 7th Street
Thibodaux, LA  70301

Mailing address:
PO Box 879
Thibodaux, LA  70302

Telephone: (985) 446-5631
FAX: (985) 446-0801

 

Map of all school locations

 

Basic Information

Located in South Louisiana, Lafourche (pronounced la-FOOSH) Parish Public Schools serve about 15,000 students in 30 schools, with approximately 2,300 employees.

Lafourche Parish, southwest of New Orleans along the banks of Bayou Lafourche, is a part of Acadiana, or French Louisiana, home of the Cajun people. The Cajuns trace their ancestry to the French-speaking Acadians who migrated from Acadie (now Nova Scotia) in the mid-18th century. Bayou Lafourche, and therefore the parish, get their names from the Cajun French "La Fourche" meaning "fork" used to describe how the bayou was once a descending fork of the Mississippi River.

CAJUN ('ka:-j@n), n. A person born or living along the bayous, marshes and prairies of south Louisiana; devoted to gumbo, etouffee, fricass, sauce piquante, jambalaya, and crawfish; dedicated to the fais-do-do, Cajun French music, hard work and letting the good times roll (laissez les bons temps rouler!).

Lafourche Parish spans about 1,000 square miles of area and has an estimated population of 88,000. Major industries include seafood production, offshore oil and gas drilling and services, shipbuilding and repair, and sugar cane farming and milling. Thibodaux, the parish seat, has an estimated population of 15,000 and is home to Nicholls State University.