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Profiling the candidates in School Board Dist. 4 election

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Residents in District 4 of the Bossier Parish School Board will select a new representative at the Nov. 6 election.

Voters will decide between Duane Deen or Gene Couvillion for the seat after current representative, William “Bill” Lott, failed to qualify this summer.

The Press-Tribune spoke with the candidates to find out more about their background and goals for the school board.

Duane Deen is a longtime resident of northwest Louisiana, father of three, and proud grandfather. He is also a retired elementary principal with 35 years of teaching and administrative experience. He received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern State University and his Masters degree and administrative degree from Stephen F. Austin. Also, he is a member of Cypress Baptist Church.

  1. Why did you want to run?

I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to serve the people of District 4. I see this as a challenge and as a fulfillment of a goal. I will work hard to represent the people of my district, while providing the best educational opportunities for all students in Bossier Parish.

2.  What is your goal?

To support the vision and goals established for the school district, work with the community to build support for public education, improve school improvement in all schools, be accountable for student achievement, and meet the needs of each and every student. Also, to provide the best working conditions and opportunities for employees who to want to work in the Bossier School System.

3. What do you want voters to know about you?

I love people and children. I spent 35 years dedicating my life to serving children as a teacher and principal. I’m a Christian, a father and grandfather who loves spending time with the family. I’m positive, cooperative, and a team player — all of which I think will make me an effective board member.

4. How do you think you can impact the community?

I realize the urgency for improving achievement within the district and community. The reality of a board member is policy setting and budgetary goals, but we must ensure students are reaping the benefits of a great public school experience. We must have partnership with community groups when it comes to problem solving and finding solutions. I have educational knowledge through professional training and educational leadership experiences in Bossier Parish as well as the state of Texas.

5.  Why should someone vote for you?

Because I want to serve the people of District 4. I am committed and dedicated to becoming the best school board representative.

Gene Couvillion is a longtime resident of Bossier Parish, a father of two and proud grandfather. He is currently Principal of Haughton High School with 42 years experience in Bossier Parish schools as a teacher, coach and administrator. He received his bachelors degree from Louisiana Tech University and his masters degree from Northwestern State University. Also, he is a member of Rose Park Baptist Church, Shreveport.

1. Why did you want to run?

Running for school board will allow me to continue serving Bossier Parish Schools and advocate for the educational needs of our students, faculties, and all employees of the system.

2. What is your goal?

To provide the opportunities for students to reach their full potential and to help the Bossier Parish system become the No. 1 school district in the state of Louisiana.

3. What do you want voters to know about you?

I will be fair, responsive, and receptive to all stakeholders in District 4. I have served Bossier Parish schools as a teacher, coach, and principal for 42 years. I am very knowledgeable of all policies and procedures and also the history of bond issues passed by citizens of Bossier Parish.

4. How do you think you can impact the community?

District 4 encompasses three communities — Benton, Haughton and Plain Dealing. I plan to work with each community to meet their needs, ensuring that all students are given an equal opportunity to succeed.

5. Why would someone vote for you?

My knowledge and experience with Bossier Parish Schools and the ability to bring about collaboration with other board members. I will be fair and address the needs of District 4 and all Bossier Parish Schools and system departments.