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Dr. Gary L. Jones
Rapides Parish School Superintendent

Dr. Gary L. Jones is a consummate educator who exemplifies professionalism, academic excellence, and humor in his daily work. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Louisiana in Monroe, graduating with honors. He received double Master’s Degrees in Administration and Supervision from the University of Louisiana in Monroe, and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He was awarded his doctorate from the University of Louisiana-Monroe in Educational Leadership.

His previous experience includes Teacher of History and English, Junior and Senior High Coach, Junior and Senior High Assistant Principal, Elementary Principal, Director of Child Welfare, Director of Secondary Education, Director of Maintenance and Transportation, Assistant Superintendent, and Superintendent of Schools in Claiborne Parish. He is presently a member of the Louisiana Department of Education’s Parish Superintendents’ Advisory Council (PSAC), the Virtual Education Study Group, the Student-Based Budgeting Task Force, the LSUE Board of Advisors, and the Alexandria Recreational and Education Programs Commission. During the 2009-10 school session, Dr. Jones served as President of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents (LASS).

Dr. Jones served in the military for 37 years, active and reserve. He began at the lowest rank and retired as a Brigadier General from the LA National Guard in 2006. He is married to the former Sarah Wheeler and has two sons and three grandchildren. He and Sarah reside in Rapides Parish.

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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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