Unlike many school systems in Louisiana, St. Tammany’s is usually a collegial place — the board and administration get along, and with the exception of certain curricular issues, the public seems satisfied with the product.
Thursday, the School Board reinforced that last item by extending Superintent W.L. “Trey” Folse III’s contract by three years, meaning he will helm the parish’s school system through July 1, 2019. Folse’s contract was set to expire next year.
The new contract includes a base salary of $200,040 and a $1,200 per month car allowance for Folse.
Folse has been the system’s superintendent since 2010. He oversees 55 schools, 5,000 employees and 38,000 students.
In a statement, Folse thanked the board for expressing their confidence in him. He acknowledged that the last few years have been challenging for public educators in Louisiana, but said he was “very excited about the future of the School System and the possibilities ahead.”
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