One school board seat is filled, another heads to run-off

Robert Faucheux, Karen Boudreaux and Ray Gregson

The St. Charles Parish School Board has a new face – the winner from District 4 – after Tuesday’s election, with a second seat – the District 2 position – to be filled in the second round next month.

In District 4, Karen Boudreaux and William Fahrig Jr., each of the Germans, fought for the spot. Boudreaux won, squeezing 51% of the 2,122 votes cast. Only 48 votes separate the two candidates.

Boudreaux said his decision to run for the board came after a year of careful consideration and conversation with his district’s then-current representative.

“When I discussed the true role and responsibilities of the position, it confirmed that my education, experience, community service and current involvement as a parent in the school system would be an asset to the board,” said Boudreaux. “I believe that my military service, community service and continuing education make me qualified for this seat. As a veteran, I understand that one must follow the chain of command to honor and respect teachers and administration Having an MBA I can also navigate the business side of our school system to include the budget My current counseling degree program will be an asset in communicating effectively with other board members, parents , staff, caregivers and children.

She added that it is important to recognize that public schools in St. Charles Parish continue to operate and achieve high standards.

“As one of eight board members, I will advocate for fair accountability, safe and secure campuses, high quality teaching and learning, social and emotional well-being, progress in special needs and financial responsibility,” she said.

District 2 saw Robert Faucheux of Luling, Barbara Fuselier of Luling, Raymond Gregson of Luling and Precious Singleton-Alexander of Ama compete to represent the region.

Gregson got 31% of the vote, while Faucheux got 29%. The two candidates will fight for the place in a second round in December. Fuselier received 21% of the vote, while 18% of voters chose Singleton-Alexander.

Gregson said his personal interest in preserving and improving the quality of the school system led him to run for the District 2 seat.

“I am the father of three SCPPS students and my wife is an educator at JB Martin Middle,” he said. “I want to be an advocate for students in our parish. Our school system has a tradition of excellence. We have the opportunity to build and improve our neighborhood. I want our students and staff to come to school inspired every day.

Gregson said he has a wide range of experiences that uniquely qualify him for the job.

“I’ve owned a business, worked in the school services industry, been a professional and college baseball umpire, and currently own a digital marketing business,” he said. “I am a parent, which the St. Charles Parish School Board does not currently have on the board. As an expert in digital marketing, I know the best communication practices by proactively using modern communication platforms. I know how to reach the right audience and what data points to use as metrics to get the most out of communication efforts. Furthermore, as a referee, it is my duty to maintain the integrity of the game. I must be trustworthy, impartial, dedicated and have the highest integrity. I will bring these skills to my service with the St. Charles Parish School Board.

Gregson said if elected, he would work to increase community involvement in the school system.

“Our schools are a source of pride for our community, and we need the people of our parish to be involved at all levels,” he said. “We have many Hahnville and Destrehan graduates living in our community. We need alumni associations that involve our alumni. Participation in school should not end when a person graduates. These schools are our schools. They belong to the community, and the community must feel a sense of involvement.

Faucheux said he had thought about running for 12 years, but decided to run during his grandson’s ring night ceremony two years ago.

“I witnessed how inappropriate that evening was and how much we slipped into nasty behavior disguised as celebration,” he said. “I also started looking at our school district’s equity policy. It’s more harmful to our school system than helpful. On top of all that, it’s time to answer the tough questions. Why is Louisiana at the bottom of the list in school rankings? Why is the average seniority of a teacher only five years? Why is there an increase in homeschooling? Is ‘inclusion’ really good for the whole class? »

Faucheux said there were several things that made him uniquely qualified to race.

“I recently retired, which gives me the time and energy to devote to this role,” he said. “I am fully aware of our District’s 20-year strategic plan and will work tirelessly to achieve its goals. I think I may be the only candidate to have had “town hall meetings” over the summer with a number of our current and retired teachers. It gave them the opportunity to speak freely about the real issues facing our schools today.

Faucheux said the biggest change he would like to make to the school district is discipline.

“And to relieve our teachers of the burden of being social workers, emotional coaches and psychiatrists… thus allowing them to be who they choose to be – teachers,” he said.

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