Mr. Nolton Joseph Senegal, Sr., Esq., an attorney and educator, was elected executive director of the Louisiana School Boards Association in 2007.
Senegal brings to his position broad and deep experience in public education.
He earned a M.Ed. degree in administration and supervision, and a B.S. in business education and social studies from Southern University and A & M College. He served as president during a twelve and a half year stint on the Acadia Parish School Board, and served two terms as president of LSBA.
Dedicated to working with youth, his classroom experience encompasses teaching second and third grades, and social studies, and business at the high school level. Senegal supervised and counseled high school students in the Job Training Program in Acadia Parish. In addition, he served as a board examiner at the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and was, himself, nominated for the Louisiana Teacher of the Year Award. While serving as a school board member he was active in the NSBA Federal Relations program, and chaired the Advocacy Center Board. At the college level, he has served as a notary instructor in the Louisiana Technical Colleges system.
With such a background, Senegal has launched a highly proactive program for LSBA. Emphasis of the change agenda in advancement of legislative initiatives, greater collaboration with other state and local associations, and a dynamic new school board member-training program.
Prior to his election to the helm of LSBA, Senegal was an attorney practicing with the Acadiana Legal Services Corporation. He holds a Jurist Doctor degree from Southern and is Past Chairman of the Louisiana State Bar Association Minority Involvement Committee. He also served as Chairman of one of the Louisiana State Bar Association-Disciplinary Committees for two consecutive terms and is currently serving as a Probation Monitor. Senegal also is very active in religious affairs serving as a permanent deacon in the Roman Catholic Church.
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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