Dr. Gary L. Jones Rapides Parish School Superintendent
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.
What standards should be used for college admissions?
This fall, LSU instituted a “holistic admissions” process for incoming students which relies more on essays and recommendations than on College Board test scores and grade point averages. Proponents of the move say it’s a better way to identify strong students while opening up opportunities for families not financially able to afford prep classes for standardized exams. Opponents say the move will increase student attrition and could endanger LSU’s flagship status. Examine the new standards from several different perspectives.
Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “An Eye on Admissions” Wednesday, November 21 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.
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