LAFAYETTE — Lottie P. Beebe, a former principal and current human resources director for St. Martin Parish public schools, announced her candidacy for the District 3 seat on the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

During her 27-year career in education, she served as School Board member representing northern St. Landry Parish; spent 13 years as a classroom teacher in St. Landry and St. Martin parishes and worked more than two years as an assistant principal and two years as a principal.

She is pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership in a consortium program offered by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Southeastern Louisiana University.

For the past nine years, she has served the St. Martin Parish School System as its director of human resources.

Her experience offers first-hand knowledge of issues faced in education including unfunded mandates, increased retirement contributions, funding cuts to pre-school programs, increased class size, tenure, graduation rates, teacher attrition and student achievement, she stated in her announcement.

“I feel my knowledge of the issues will be an asset to the education stakeholders at both the local and state levels,” she said. “I believe we have a responsibility to educate all children and an obligation to provide students with equitable learning opportunities.”

Beebe said she believes the board’s responsibility is to base decisions on “what are both fiscally and educationally sound.”

BESE District 3 includes portions of St. Landry, Pointe Coupee, Iberville, St. John and Jefferson parishes as well as Iberia, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, Lafourche, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes.

Glenny Lee Buquet, the incumbent, is seeking re-election to the seat.