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New BESE sworn in, 2016 officers elected

January 13, 2016

Members of the 2016-2019 Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) were sworn in and Board officers elected during the BESE meetings in Baton Rouge this week. The new Board elected District 1 BESE member James Garvey president, District 7 member Dr. Holly Boffy vice president, and District 2 member Kira Orange Jones secretary-treasurer for 2016.

“It is an honor to serve as a BESE representative and Board president,” said Garvey. “On behalf of the Board, we look forward to working with the new administration, lawmakers, and all education stakeholders in addressing the opportunities and challenges facing K-12 education in Louisiana. I am confident that in working together we will continue the recent progress that has been made.”

Garvey and Boffy served as vice president and secretary-treasurer respectively on the previous Board. BESE is composed of 11 members. Eight members are elected, one from each of the state’s eight BESE districts, and three members are appointed by the governor to represent the state at-large. Board members serve a four-year term that runs concurrently with the term of the governor. Members of the incoming Board are as follows:

President, District 1 Member

Mr. James Garvey

Vice President, District 7 Member

Dr. Holly Boffy

Secretary-Treasurer, District 2 Member

Ms. Kira Orange Jones

District 3 Member

Ms. Sandy Holloway

District 4 Member

Mr. Tony Davis

District 5 Member

Dr. Gary Jones

District 6 Member

Ms. Kathy Edmonston

District 8 Member

Ms. Jada Lewis

At-Large Member (appointed by Governor)

Mr. Thomas Roque

At-Large Member (appointed by Governor)

Mr. Lurie Thomason

At-Large Member (appointed by Governor)

Ms. Doris Voitier

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Kevin Calbert, Communications Manager
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BESE is the administrative policymaking body for elementary and secondary schools in Louisiana. The Board sets key education initiatives and works to outline an education agenda to achieve continuous improvement of public education as measured by student and school achievement.