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Dennis Bamburg Takes Reins as 2020 BPSB President
Posted 1/10/20

 

Photo of Dennis Bamburg with wifeA new leader is taking the reins as 2020 Bossier Parish School Board President and it is District 12 representative Dennis Bamburg, Jr. 

After reflecting on accomplishments made in 2019, BPSB President Shane Cheatham passed the gavel to Bamburg at the BPSB meeting held January 9. District 3 BPSB representative Tammy Smith took over as Vice President.  

The following is a transcript of President Bamburg’s speech he gave.  

 

I would like to first thank Shane for his leadership in 2019. You find out about your leader during the times when things don't go your way. We had some setbacks in 2019 and you rose to every occasion and led us with wisdom and courage. Job well done. I only hope I can fill the shoes you are leaving behind.. 

Secondly, I would like to thank God for this system and all He has done to bless it. 

I would be remiss if I didn't thank the great SOBO community for allowing me to serve them in this capacity and represent them on the BPSB. It is truly an honor to represent you. I would also like to thank my fellow board members for their confidence in me to serve as President in 2020. Congratulations to Tammy Smith on serving as Vice President. I look forward to working with you and our board in the upcoming year. 

I would like to take this time to introduce family that is here tonight supporting me in this role. This position does take away some evenings at home with my family and I truly thank them for understanding and allowing me to miss movie night every once in a while. My wife of 25 years this June, Lauren, is a TAP teacher in our system and a graduate of Airline High School. My children, Victoria and Olivia, are both products of Bossier Parish. Victoria is currently a sophomore at Ole Miss where she is studying to become an elementary teacher. Olivia is currently a junior at Parkway High School. 

Ok … 2020. What can I say about 2020? 2020 is going to be a fantastic year. We are already set to accomplish some big things in 2020. Finally ..... Haughton High School will be funded for a much needed renovation. We will be tearing down some dilapidated areas of that campus and replacing with a new wing to accommodate that growing population. Benton Middle campus will be a split campus serving 5-6 and 7-8. We will be funding a wing project at the Benton Middle campus to accommodate that community and the massive growth that is happening there. We will be funding a much needed wing at Cope Middle School. During 2020, we will be selling the last of the 2012 construction bond money. These projects are needed because of the continued growth in Bossier Parish. And I personally believe that the reason Bossier Parish is growing is because of the Bossier Parish school system. 

To the teachers, paras,, bus drivers,, counselors,, administrators,, food service,, central office, (let’s just say every employee in our system). Thank you for what you do on a daily basis. I have said in many settings that you are not only educating and transporting these students .... You are raising some of these students. You are in some cases the brightest thing they have in their day or their life. Thank you for always going above and beyond to be that light of hope for these students. Please know that you are teaching way more than math and English. You are teaching LIFE. I hope that you know that you are truly changing the trajectory of students’ lives with what you do and that is the reason this parish is the best system in the state. 

We, as a board, are committed to this parish. We have set the bar for the state for teachers and students to be able to teach and learn in a safe environment. Our commitment remains to keep a School Resource Officer at each of our locations so that the staff and students are as safe as they can be while in our schools. We are also committed to continue to look into any idea that will allow us to move the needle in the way of a pay raise. I commit to continually work with our business community, property owners, Chamber, citizens, and within our budget to find an option that works for all parties.