Dr. Jack Raley-Bossier Parish School Board District 1
Q. How long have you served on the Bossier Parish School Board, and what made youdecide to run?
A. Seven years. Eight years ago my wife, Gloria and I sat talking about the educational needsof our community. How District 1 was always an “after-thought”. Being an educator,counselor, and wife, she challenged me to stop talking and start doing something to change thesituation. After much thought and prayer, I did just that.
Q. Why do you think you are qualified to serve on the Bossier Parish School Board?
A. My education: Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) from Mississippi State University, Masters of Education from Centenary College of Louisiana, Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana Tech. I hold professional positions including School Board Past President and Vice-President, AssistantProfessor of Computer Science, Bossier Parish Community College, Instructor/GraduateAssistant, MSU, Senior Graduate Research Assistant/PREPS (the Program for Research andEvaluation of Public Schools), MSU College of Education, Vice-President Doctoral StudentsAssociation, MSU, College of Education, Special Education Teacher Bossier/Webster Schools.I was a teacher at Haughton High School, and I have over 20 years of business and industryexperience. I’ve received the Excellence Award in Leadership, Teaching, and Learning, National Institute for Staff and Organization Development, Phi Theta Kappa OutstandingFaculty Scholar, Outstanding Graduate Research Assistant from MSU. I have past membershipin Phi Delta Kappa, the Learning Disabilities Association, LA Association for Supervision andCurriculum Development, Louisiana Association for Executives, U.S. Distance LearningAssociation, and the American Association of Community Colleges. My vast business andeducational experiences give me an extremely broad base of knowledge and understanding thata good and valuable board member should have to do an effective job.
Q. The Bossier Parish School Board recently considered a tax increase to help cushionagainst cuts in state funding. Did you support the tax increase? Do you support cutting spending? Do you support a combination of the tax increase and cutting spending?
A. No, I do not support a tax increase. I did look carefully at our financial condition and believed that we needed to look for other ways to stay within our budget. At a time in thiscountry when the federal government has lost all sense of self-regulation and fiscalresponsibility, I personally do not with to see the property tax rolled forward. Sadly, with thosein power, Washington’s irrational spending sprees followed by more and more loans fromChina, the State of Louisiana is losing control of our own tax monies. Many citizens do notrealize that over 88% of our budget goes for salaries and benefits. A mere 12% is left to pay for all other costs from gasoline for our buses, to paying utility bills to maintaining our facilities.Hopefully, we can continue to have one of the few remaining school systems with reserves.
Q. Recently, the Bossier Parish School Board announced the addition of several new positions to the school system, including Graduation Coaches, Behavior Coaches, and Response for Intervention Coaches. What is your position on these added positions?