Superintendent Jerome Puyau sat down with NEWS15 and says, “Do not let the politics interfere with our students and our teachers.”
Puyau is on administrative leave again, but the school district isn’t all drama. “Our students are performing higher in grade three through eight, and nine through 12 in every subject, district wide. Better than the state of Louisiana.”
Some reports Puyau went through showed growth in scores by 5 percent from 2017 to 2018. Unprecedented by surrounding parishes and most of Louisiana.
Puyau says, “These phenomenal numbers are not because of me, but I’m part of a team working as one which we call ‘Our Vermilion’.”
He thanks every member of the team saying every person makes growth happen.
Haley Bourque is a student intern in Vermilion parish, and she was once a Vermilion parish student. She says there is a shift in Vermilion class rooms today versus when she was in the desk. “The environment is vibrant, it’s positive. The interactions with the teachers are amazing. It’s more student centered. The students are doing. They are engaging with [the teachers]”.
That shift, and the team-work going on behind the scenes is pushing students and scores forward.