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.
How well is the state’s public school system really performing?
One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.
The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee
LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the show. The program features interviews with Louisiana Education State Superintendent John White; Debbie Meaux, President of the Louisiana Association of Educators; Brigitte Nieland with the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry and Caddo Parish School Superintendent Dr. Theodis Lamar Goree.
“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” 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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