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Thursday, February 2, 2023

State Superintendent of Education Visits St. Bernard Public Schools

(Pictured, l-r): Trey Folse, Doris Voitier, Cade Brumley, and Wayne Warner.

Photo Courtesy of St. Bernard Parish Public Schools

State Superintendent Dr. Cade Brumley and Assistant Superintendent Trey Folse of the Louisiana Department of Education visited Chalmette High School (CHS) and Arlene Meraux Elementary School as part of Dr. Brumley’s school outreach initiative. At the two campuses, school leaders from the St. Bernard Parish Public School System showcased many of its extensive program offerings. 

At CHS, culinary students prepared food and answered questions about the coursework that is part of the program. Dr. Brumley also toured the school’s TV studio and was interviewed by members of its film and television department. His visit to the high school ended with an extensive conversation with students interested in pursuing a teaching career. 

While visiting Arlene Meraux Elementary, Dr. Brumley toured the campus, visited with teachers and students, and led an after-school faculty meeting for the school staff where teachers shared their thoughts, participated in a Q&A, and received recognition for their incredible efforts and daily contributions to education.

Superintendent Doris Voitier said she was proud to be a part of the tour as it allowed her to highlight some of the people and the programs of the district.

“Whether it’s preparing our students for college or for a career, our schools offer something for everyone,” she said. “Our career and technical education programs are among the best in the state, evidenced by the 805 industry-based credentials and the 254 statewide credentials earned last year.”

Voitier also pointed to the district’s partnership with Nunez Community College as part of that success. “We have 166 students taking over 330 courses, earning 1,128 college credit hours. Nearly 80 will earn advanced credentials in Welding, Electrical, HVAC, and Adobe Video Design preparing them for high-wage, high-demand occupations. We are proud of the work being done each day at our schools and appreciate Dr. Brumley and Mr. Folse spending their time with us.”

Voitier added that since St. Bernard is the fastest growing parish in the state, the offerings and the opportunities must reflect that growth.

“Many young families are choosing our parish to raise families, and I think our public schools are a big part of that decision. I am proud of all of the work our teachers and staff are doing each day at each school and am grateful for the sense of unity in our community.”

(Pictured, l-r): Trey Folse, Doris Voitier, Cade Brumley, Natalie Albers, and Michelle O’Neill.

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