On September 10, Governor John Bel Edwards announced his appointments to several Louisiana boards and commissions.
The Honorable Blair D. Edwards, of Amite, and Vickie J. Smith, of Gonzales, have been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Special School District.
Edwards sits on the 21st Judicial District Juvenile Court. She is a member of the Child Welfare Representation Commission and will represent students receiving special education services at institutions managed by the Juvenile Justice Bureau.
Smith is the education program coordinator at the Louisiana Department of Corrections. She will represent students receiving special education services in institutions operated by the Ministry of Public Security and Correctional Services.
The special school district board of directors is responsible for the governance of the district, which includes the selection of the superintendent; adopt rules, regulations and policies; and prescribing textbooks and materials for students. The Special School District provides educational services to students with low-incidence disabilities statewide. The district is made up of two residential schools, the Louisiana School for the Deaf and the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, in Baton Rouge, and special school programs, at correctional, mental and behavioral health facilities across the state, where special education services are offered to qualified students.
Alvin Broussard, from Gonzales, has been appointed to the Capitol Area Groundwater Conservation District. Broussard is the director of public works and chief building officer of Gonzales. He will represent the users of the district providing water for municipal use.
The mission of the Capital Region Groundwater Conservation District is to ensure the efficient administration, conservation, orderly development and supplementation of groundwater resources in the parishes of East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana. The council develops, promotes and implements management strategies to ensure the conservation, preservation, protection, recharge and prevention of waste of groundwater resources over which it has authority.
Jonathan H. Kemp, of Hammond, has been appointed to the Louisiana Drone Advisory Board. Sergeant Kemp is a member of the Louisiana State Police. It will be used in general.
The Louisiana Drone Advisory Committee regulates aerial and unmanned aerial systems in Louisiana.