Announcement: SSD Board of Directors

Announcement: SSD Board of Directors
Posted on 09/13/2021
Office of the Governor

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Gov. Edwards Announces Boards and Commissions Appointments

Board of Directors of the Special School District
The Board of Directors of the Special School District is responsible for the governance of the district which includes the selection of the superintendent, adopting rules, regulations and policies, and prescribing textbooks and materials for students. The Special School District offers educational services to students with low-incidence disabilities from across the state. The District is comprised of two residential schools, the Louisiana School for the Deaf and the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, located in Baton Rouge and Special School Programs, located in correctional, mental and behavioral health facilities across the state where special education services are offered to qualified students.

Maria D. Annis of Branch has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Special School District. Annis is an instructor with the Affiliated Blind of Louisiana. She was featured in the 1996 documentary “Oliver Sacks: The Mind Traveler ‘The Ragin Cajun.’” Annis also runs the Louisiana Deafblind Support Group in Lafayette. She will serve as a member with expertise in deaf-blindness.

Edward C. Bell of ­­­­Ruston has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Special School District. He is the director of Professional Development and Research Institute on Blindness at Louisiana Tech University. He is a member of the National Federation of the Blind of Louisiana, and he will represent competency in Braille and expertise in educating students who are blind or visually impaired.

Jackie Broussard of ­­­­Lafayette has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Special School District. She will represent one alumnus of the Louisiana Special School District.

Sherry R. Crosby of Luling has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Special School District. Crosby works in medical technology at Ochsner Health System. She is the vice president of the Louisiana Association of the Deaf and the president of the Greater New Orleans Association of the Deaf. She will represent persons who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The Honorable Blair D. Edwards of ­­Amite has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Special School District. Judge Edwards serves in the 21st Judicial District Juvenile Court. She is a member of the Child Protection Representation Commission and will represent students receiving special education services at facilities operated by the Office of Juvenile Justice.

Jamar Ennis of Baton Rouge has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Special School District. Ennis is the assistant director of the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs. He will represent the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs.

Kristy W. Flynn of Alexandria has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Special School District. Flynn is the developmental disabilities regional associate administrator for the Central Louisiana Supports and Services Center. She will represent students receiving special education services at facilities operated by the Louisiana Department of Health.

Audra M. Hicks of Shreveport has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Special School District. Hicks is the president of community services for the Louisiana Association for the Blind. She will represent persons who are visually impaired.

Michele T. Jones of Houma has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Special School District. Jones is the regional manager of the Louisiana Workforce Commission. She will represent students receiving special education services at facilities operated by Louisiana Rehabilitation Services.

Larry P. LeBert of Lake Charles has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Special School District. LeBert is a substitute teacher for special education deaf children for the Calcasieu Parish School Board. He is a board member for the Louisiana Association for the Deaf and will serve as a member competent in American Sign Language with expertise in educating students who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf-blind.

Vickie J. Smith of Gonzales has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Special School District. Smith is the education program coordinator at the Louisiana Department of Corrections.  She will represent students receiving special education services through facilities operated by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

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