New Orleans area briefs for June 23, 2013

St. John schools name superintendent

The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board voted unanimously at a special meeting June 20 to name Kevin George superintendent, in charge of the more than 6,000-student school district.

George has been employed since 2012 by the Louisiana Department of Education as a district support deputy network leader where he works with school districts to implement new initiatives, such as common core state standards and COMPASS.

Before that, he served as the supervisor of middle and secondary schools for the Lafourche Parish School Board. He also served as principal of Thibodaux High School, L.E. Rabouin High School in New Orleans and Elysian Fields Elementary School in Houma, assistant principal of Oaklawn Junior High School in Houma and as a teacher at Terrebonne High School in Houma.

George, a graduate of Notre Dame High School in Crowley, received his master’s degree in education leadership from Nicholls State University. He is a resident of Thibodaux.

George replaces Superintendent Herbert Smith, who was named to the position on an interim basis at the beginning of the 2012-13 school year.

George will take over as superintendent at the beginning of July.

St. Tammany sheriff names deputy chiefs

St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Jack Strain promoted Major Joe Jarrell and Major Jimmy Richard to the rank of deputy chief last week.

“These two men have spent their entire law enforcement careers serving the citizens of our parish,” Strain said in a prepared statement. “The knowledge and experience they bring to their new positions will be a tremendous asset in our agency’s efforts to provide law enforcement services that are second to none.”

Jarrell will be the deputy chief of corrections, with oversight of the St. Tammany Parish Jail. Richard will be deputy chief over the professional standards division, which contains human resources, insurance, internal affairs, training and the crime lab.

Jarrell was hired by the Sheriff’s Office in 1986. He has worked in search and rescue, training, community relations, investigations and criminal patrol.

In 2010, Jarrell was promoted to major and has been the commander of criminal patrol since then.

Richard came to work for the Sheriff’s Office in 1985. He worked for two years in criminal patrol and has served in the investigations division since 1987. He was promoted to major in 2008.

Both are graduates of the FBI National Academy.

The Sheriff’s Office also announced the following promotions: Lance Vitter was promoted to lieutenant in investigations; David Maki was promoted to corporal in criminal patrol; Penny Givens was promoted to sergeant in communications; and Noelle Woodall and Kerri Ruiz were promoted to corporal.

Youth volunteers
to repair homes

Youth volunteers will paint and repair 23 homes of low- to moderate-income families Monday through Friday in the New Claiborne area along La. 36 between Abita Springs and Covington.

Materials for the work were purchased with Community Development Block Grant money.

This is the second year the group has worked with St. Tammany Parish government. Beneficiaries were selected through an application process, and most are disabled, elderly or both.

Permit Office to close for training

The St. Charles Parish Permit Office located within the Planning and Zoning Department, 14996 River Road, in Hahnville will be closed Wednesday for staff training.

The public will be able to drop off materials and make appointments only.

Board member elected to LA/SPCA

The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced that Simone Bruni, founder and owner of Demo Diva Demolition, was elected to its board of directors.

Bruni, an Ursuline Academy and Loyola University alumna, is also a graduate of The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program.

Hospital dedicates mobile clinic

St. Tammany Parish Hospital will showcase its new mobile medical clinic at a dedication from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.

Staff members will be onsite to conduct tours of the new mobile clinic and distribute early detection literature. The St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon cutting at 4:30 p.m.

The mobile clinic will provide free screenings for breast, prostate, skin, oral and colorectal cancers for the uninsured and underinsured.

The clinic has three exam rooms and will provide services at convenient times and locations such as on weekday evenings and weekends.

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Food distribution site to change

Due to road construction around Our Lady of the Sacred Heart on St. Bernard Avenue in New Orleans, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans Food for Families/Food for Seniors food box distribution normally held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart will be moved to UNO Lakefront Arena’s north side parking lot in the month of June. Food boxes will be distributed from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The program expects to serve 5,000 clients from the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart site in the month of June alone.

Registered participants in the program should enter the UNO Lakefront Arena parking lot from the Franklin Avenue side, 6801 Franklin Ave. Clients with questions can call (504) 241-4181.

Food for Families/Food for Seniors serves low-income seniors 60 years and older and mothers with children younger than 6 who are not receiving WIC. Each month, the program holds food box distributions throughout 64 Louisiana parishes, with more than 40 sites in Orleans and Jefferson parishes.

The program is continually accepting new registrants at all distribution sites. Those interested can call toll free (800) 522-3333 for information on registration and site distributions or they can download the pre-qualification form at (click on Food & Nutrition, under the Programs menu).

Kenner Police Academy set

The Kenner Citizens’ Police Academy will begin at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Kenner Police Complex, 500 Veterans Blvd.

Students attend free classes one night per week for 13 weeks; receiving instruction from trained police officers who are certified in their fields. The academy provides detailed coverage about how the police department works in the following areas: Patrol Division functions, crime prevention, criminal investigations, computer forensics, K-9 Unit, crime scene procedures, criminal and domestic violence laws, narcotics investigations, traffic enforcement, physical fitness, use of police force and self-defense, gang awareness and SWAT.

Students receive a tour of headquarters and the jail and participate in a ride along with a police officer. Upon completion of the program, a graduation ceremony is held for students.

Graduates may join the Kenner Citizens’ Academy Alumni Association, through which they can lead the community in improving safety and promoting support for the Kenner Police Department.

Alumni members also can volunteer their assistance at various department events.

Graduates may also apply for entry into the KPD Community Police Corps.

Information and applications are available at the Kenner Police Department website at

For information, contact the Community Relations Division at (504) 712-2294, (504) 712-2395 or email

Urban League receives grant

The Urban League of Greater New Orleans received a $300,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation that will help Orleans PLACE MATTERS develop a center to keep youth in school and reduce violence.

PLACE MATTERS is an initiative of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, which builds the capacity of community leaders to address social, economic and environmental conditions in communities that shape health and health outcomes.

The mission of the Orleans Parish PLACE MATTERS Team is to advocate for polices that promote safe, healthy learning environments for youth and families

St. Tammany Parish
to set millage rates

The St. Tammany Parish Council will hold a public hearing at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 to discuss setting the millage rates for the 13 taxes under its jurisdiction.

A notice of this public hearing is available on the parish’s website and in the St. Tammany Farmer, the parish’s Official Journal.

The public notice provides information to the public that Parish Council is requesting input before setting millage rates.

Details of the millages and the St. Tammany Parish 2013 Operating Budget are available on line on the parish’s website, Both documents are available on the Department of Finance page.

Compiled by the
New Orleans bureau