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Greetings St. Helena Parish School District Community,

The 2021-2022 school year starts August 2nd and we've been planning all summer to make this new school year a great one!

We made the choice to enter into "A Brave New Space" during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. A lot was done to ensure all our students maintained critical educational services. As more people get vaccinated and maintain CDC guidelines regarding personal care, we will see less restrictions.

For years, we have worked to improve the academic success of our students by increasing classroom resources, implementing meaningful professional development for our teachers, aligning our curriculum with state assessments, and creating conducive learning environments. Our teachers and staff are working diligently to ensure equitable access to technology and internet services.  

It is through these challenges that our dedication and commitment to the children of this parish will prevail. A new public school system will emerge in 'A Brave New Space" that we all can be proud of and support.

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Dr. Kelli Joseph Chosen as Candidate for National Superintendent Certification®

     GREENSBURG, LA – July 6, 2021 – (Dr. Kelli Joseph, Superintendent for St. Helena Parish School District), is among the more than 20 superintendents from across the country working to bolster their leadership skills by enrolling in the prestigious AASA National Superintendent Certification Program®.

 Administered by AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the program is a collaborative effort with AASA state affiliates, the National School Boards Association, and business and corporate leaders. The master teachers and guest instructors have all been sitting superintendents and have demonstrable track records of success.

 “AASA’s National Superintendent Certification Program® is one of the best professional development experiences available today for school system leaders,” said Dr. Joseph. “I am honored to be among a group of outstanding educators who will be working diligently throughout the next year-and-a-half to complete the process. This program is unique because it provides on-the-ground coaching, mentoring and support from individuals who are experiencing the same challenges and successes that superintendents from across the country are experiencing.”

 “In these uncertain times, excellence in leadership in our nation’s public schools has never been more vital to our children’s well-being,” said Daniel A. Domenech, AASA executive director. “In light of the pandemic, the AASA National Superintendent Certification Program® provides superintendents with opportunities to engage in a world-class professional learning opportunity. I congratulate Superintendent Joseph for participating.”

 The AASA National Superintendent Certification Program® sharpens the skills that successful superintendents identify as essential for leading in today’s complex and challenging education environment. The program was developed by superintendents, exclusively for superintendents, and is led by seasoned and successful superintendents.

 For more information, contact Mort Sherman, AASA associate executive director, Leadership Network, at or Amy Sichel at


 About AASA

AASA, The School Superintendents Association, founded in 1865, is the professional organization for more than 13,000 educational leaders in the United States and throughout the world. AASA’s mission is to support and develop effective school system leaders who are dedicated to equitable access for all students to the highest quality public education. For more information, visit