May 22, 2014 9:39 PM by Dave Fields
A Lafayette organization is making surveys available to evaluate the effectiveness of the Lafayette Parish School Board (LPSB).
The local coalition called Lafayette Parish Public Education Stakeholder Council (LAPESC), as part of an initiative called Project Involve, is inviting those who attend or view the LPSB meetings to complete surveys that are available to take either online or in a traditional paper format.
LPSB meetings currently are available for viewing on Acadiana Open Channel (AOC).
LAPESC President Stephen Bartley told KATC that the board is responsible for evaluating the job performance of the school superintendent, but that the board is accountable to the people of the community who have elected them.
"We want to be truly transparent in this because it's used to be able to help give more insight and help the community get a better understanding of what's going on," said LAPESC President Stephen Bartley.
LAPESC is inviting interested Lafayette citizens to assess how the Lafayette Parish School Board is "delivering on the promise of a quality education for each child." The organization says that its goal is to provide constructive feedback to both LPSB and the community. The group's organizers suggest that LPSB should "continually strive for the betterment of their governance practices" as it relates to providing high-quality education.
The LAPESC website suggests that the board, in order to deliver effective governance, should possess the characteristics be focused, transparent, policy-centered, and informed. The coalition's website and its survey may be accessed by clicking here.