Schools chief launches listening tour _lowres

Photo provided by Jon Loveall -- Parents, citizens and community leaders gathered at the Slaughter Town Hall on Aug. 27 for the first session of new East Feliciana Public Schools Superintendent Carlos Sam’s listening tour.

Nearly 50 parents, residents and community leaders gathered at the Slaughter Town Hall on Aug. 27 for the first session of new East Feliciana Public Schools Superintendent Carlos Sam’s listening tour.

The session provided Sam the opportunity to share the school system’s progress with the community while also seeking residents’ ideas on how best to achieve what the superintendent calls East Feliciana Public Schools’ mission: “Moving from Good to Great … Excellence is the Standard!”

The listening tour session allowed participants to share in small groups their experiences with the school system and their vision for the public schools’ role in the community.

After having conversations in small groups about five topics identified by Sam, presenters from each group shared with all those gathered some of the major items that emerged throughout their conversations.

The superintendent said his team will carefully review the responses, which were recorded on chart paper throughout the room, along with the responses from two more upcoming sessions on the tour.

From there, the school system will publish a report about the findings from the listening tour and begin taking action on the community’s shared vision.

The event concluded with Sam reminding the audience about three tax renewals that will appear on the Oct. 24 ballot.

He also thanked Slaughter Mayor Robbie Jackson for hosting the forum. Jackson and East Feliciana Workforce Development Director Johnny Arceneaux shared brief remarks about the critical role the public school system plays in the economic development of the parish.

The listening tour continues at 6 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Jackson school complex. The tour concludes at East Feliciana Middle School in Clinton at 6 p.m. Oct. 15. If you are unable to attend either of these community sessions and would like to share your feedback, email DeShonda Coleman, East Feliciana Public Schools supervisor of ancillary & instructional support services, at dcoleman@efschools.net.