BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Patrice Pujol, superintendent of the Ascension Parish School System, has been named the 2015 Superintendent of the Year by the Louisiana Association of School Executives (LASE) and the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents (LASS).
The announcement was made Monday at the association's 37th annual conference at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Baton rouge. The top award is given each year to the superintendent who demonstrates excellence in education, leadership, and district school performance.
Pujol is a respected educator who has long been at the forefront of school and district improvement efforts. She has worked for 37 years in education -- as a teacher, principal, director of secondary schools, director of school improvement, assistant superintendent, and now superintendent – all in the Ascension Parish School System. She also is currently serving as immediate past president of LASS.
"I am deeply honored to be recognized by my peer educational leaders in the state, who work each day to effectively teach our children so they can gain the skills they need to find employment and advance themselves through our higher institutions of learning and in our global business world," Pujol said. "I want to thank them for distinguishing me. It is the ultimate honor."
The district recently received an 'A' rating for the third consecutive year and once again improved its District Performance Score to rank No. 4 overall among public school districts in the state.
At the same time, under Pujol's leadership, the district has improved the number of individual schools with an 'A' grade from 12 to 16, accounting for more than half the public schools in the parish. The Ascension Parish Public School System is comprised of 28 schools with more than 21,000 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten to 12th grade.