Field Trip: Flood Recovery: Livingston Parish Revisited

Today we’re revisiting the very first episode of Field Trip that ever aired. In August 2016, Livingston Parish, Louisiana was devastated by a flood. As Livingston Parish Public Schools grappled with the effects, the district looked for any possible way to save money to help rebuild its damaged schools. Supervisor of Human Resources Bruce Chaffin found a fascinating way to save tens of thousands of dollars each month – and positively impact instruction at the same time.

In our interview, we asked Bruce Chaffin about:

  • The 33″ of rain that Livingston Parish got in a 24-hour span, and the impact it had on the district
  • The financial impact the district faced, and steps Livingston Parish Public Schools is taking to rebuild
  • Using gamification with principals to reduce teacher absences
  • How the district saved $63,000 on substitute costs in the first 19 days of school in August 2017, compared with the same time frame 2 years earlier
  • The impact this reduction in teacher absences has had on student achievement
  • What they have learned about using data to make strategic decisions

In March, we caught up with Bruce at the Frontline Insights Summit in Orlando, and had a chance to find out what’s happening with the rebuilding effort now in 2019, and whether they have continued to see the same impact on teacher attendance and student achievement that they did initially. Stay tuned at the end of the episode for that conversation.


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Get more details on how Livingston Parish Public Schools used Frontline Absence & Time to unearth teacher absence data and save hundreds of thousands of dollars.