East Baton Rouge Parish School System
Charlotte Placide retired as Superintendent for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS) effective July 1, 2009. Prior to joining the school system, Placide was employed by Eastman Kodak in Rochester, New York, in the Comptroller’s Division for approximately ten (10) years. Placide is a native of Folsom, LA and is married to Elwart Placide, Jr. and has one son, Randall E. Placide, C.P.A.
Placide received a B. S. in Accounting from Southern University in 1972 and earned a M. S. in Professional Accountancy Degree from Southern University in 1994. Placide was the recipient of the “first” scholarship for further study awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association of Louisiana in 1994. Placide is a life member of the Southern University Alumni Association.
In May, 2004, the School Board appointed. Placide as Acting Superintendent of the EBRPSS serving during the absence of the Superintendent. In July 2004, Mrs. Placide was unanimously selected by the School Board to serve as Interim Superintendent.
Effective November 22, 2004, Placide was unanimously selected by the School Board to serve as Superintendent of the EBRPSS. Under Placide’s leadership, the School District ended the 51 year Desegregation Litigation, showed continued academic gains on State Assessments, implemented its first Strategic Accountability Plan, implemented a competitive teacher and principal compensation package and improved overall employee compensation, increased community involvement, earned numerous awards for excellence in financial reporting, received voter approval for the renewal of a 1cent sales tax with an extension from 5 to 10 years, improved ACT scores, was awarded SACS District wide Accreditation, and implemented a Dual Enrollment program partnership with BRCC. Eligible students could receive up to 24 college credits by graduation from high school
Placide began her employment with the school system in the Finance Department in August 1981, serving as Staff Accountant, Supervisor of Accounting, Chief Accountant, and Administrative Director of Finance and Purchasing. In October 1995, Placide was selected by the newly appointed Superintendent to serve as a member of his Executive Leadership Team, as the Associate Superintendent for Operations and Budget Management.
Placide served in that capacity until June 2000, at which time she received an appointment as the Deputy Superintendent for Operations and Budget Management overseeing a district budget of approximately $500 million as well as the supervision of approximately 2,800 employees in critical support areas of the school system such as: Finance/Purchasing, Payroll/Benefits, Grants, Construction Projects, Transportation, Physical Plant Services, Child Nutrition Program, Warehouse, Risk Management and Graphic Arts, while also providing guidance and direction to the Internal Audit Department.
Under the direction and management of Placide, the EBRPSS has been awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International and the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada for the past twenty-one (21) consecutive years. These Certificate of Excellence awards are recognized as the highest form of recognition awarded in school financial reporting. These nationally recognized programs, ASBO & GFOA, review and critique school district accounting practices as represented in the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and recognize districts that adhere to sound principles and reporting procedures.
A school district earning the Certificate of Excellence receives not only the award, but enhanced credibility for the financial management of its school system. These programs have gained the distinction of being prestigious national awards recognized by accounting professionals, underwriters, securities analysts, bond rating agencies, state and federal agencies, and education, teacher, and citizen groups.
The Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International appointed Mrs. Placide to serve as a member of its Accounting, Auditing, and Budgeting Committee for a term beginning January 1, 1998 through December 31, 2000. At the conclusion of that term, beginning January 1, 2001, Placide was appointed as the committee’s Vice Chair serving in that position effective through December 31, 2003. In October 2004, ASBO International appointed. Placide to serve as the Chair of the Accounting, Auditing, and Budget Committee for a two (2) year term. ASBO International has also appointed Placide as a member of the By-Laws Committee for a two (2) year term expiring in 2005.
Placide is past President of the Louisiana Association of School Business Officials (LASBO) and served several years as a member of the association’s Board of Directors. In January 1999, LASBO Officials awarded Placide with the designation of Certified Louisiana School Business Administrator (CLSBA). In April 2004, Mrs. Placide was appointed to serve as a member of the LASBO Advisory Committee.
In September, 1999, the President of the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) appointed. Placide as a member of the School Finance Commission. By Executive Order of Governor Mike Foster, the School Finance Commission was charged with analyzing the financing of the K-12 public education system in the State of Louisiana.
In 1988. Placide was appointed by BESE to a team for the development of the Louisiana Accounting and Uniform Governmental Handbook, to improve fiscal data collection. In November 1999, Mrs. Placide was appointed as a Member-at-Large to the Education Finance Advisory Committee for the State of Louisiana, Department of Education. The goal of the committee is to identify the concerns and abilities of all school districts in the state, not only those represented by the members.
In August, 2000, the Government Finance Officers Association of Louisiana awarded Placide the Certified Government Finance Officer (CGFO) designation.
In February, 2001, the Association of School Business Officials International awarded Mrs. Placide the designation of Registered School Business Administrator (RSBA).
In July, 2001, the State Board of Education and Secondary Education (BESE) appointed . Placide as a member of the Minimum Foundation Program (MFP) Study Committee. The committee is charged with studying the formula adopted by BESE and approved by the Legislature, which determines the cost of a minimum foundation program of education in all public elementary and secondary schools and helps to allocate the funds equitably to parish and city school systems.
In November, 2001, Placide was appointed as a Board of Director for the Louisiana Local Government Environmental Facilities and Community Development Authority (LCDA) for a four (4) year term. The mission of LCDA is to provide economic development, infrastructure, and environmental facilities, to assist political subdivisions in constructing, extending, rehabilitating, repairing, and renewing infrastructure and environmental facilities, and to assist in the financing of such needs by political subdivisions in the State of Louisiana.
In February, 2002, Placide was awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the Chairman of the Governmental Accounting Standards Board.. Placide and her staff were recognized as one of the first governments to issue financial statements in accordance with GASB Statement No. 34, Basic Financial Statements – and Management’s Discussion and Analysis – for State and Local Governments.
In September, 2002, Placide received the YWCA of Greater Baton Rouge Woman of Achievement award recognizing her achievement for public service. Placide was recognized by the YWCA for her outstanding contributions to the community in her professional capacity, as well as her many volunteer activities.
In January, 2004, Placide was honored by Southern University Up-Close (a cable program recognizing successful Southern University alumni) to be featured in a program recognizing her career achievements and success as a Southern University graduate. The Southern University Up-Close program aired in the Spring of 2004.
Placide is a 1994 Graduate of Leadership/Greater Baton Rouge and served as a Board of Director for the Leadership Alumni.
Beginning 1993 – 2004, Placide served four (4) terms as a member of the Board of Directors for the Neighbors Federal Credit Union serving as Board Secretary, as well as serving on the Salary/Benefits Committee and the Facilities Needs Committee.
In March, 2004, Placide began serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the Salvation Army serving on the Salvation Army’s Finance Committee.
In November, 2004,. Placide began serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the Academic Distinction Fund.
In January, 2005, Placide began serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Resource Center for Educators.
In March, 2005,. Placide began serving as a member of the Board of Directors for Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS).
In April, 2005,. Placide was selected to serve a 4 year term as a member of the Board of Directors for the Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge.
In June 2005, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report selected. Placide as a 2005 Influential
Woman in Business.
In August 2005, Placide was a presenter at the Louisiana Community & Technical College System (LCTCS) Conference Day. The Breakout Session was titled “An Early College Model” regarding the current pilot project between the Baton Rogue Community College and the East Baton Rouge Public School System enrolling 20 twelfth graders from the 17 high schools in the EBR School System.
In August 2005, Placide was a 2005 NAACP Community Award recipient.
In January, 2006, Placide was the recipient of the Louisiana Government Finance Officers Association’s “Pelican Award” for outstanding contributions in government finance.
In January, 2006, Placide was honored by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Baton Rouge Delta Alumnae Chapter) at its Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Celebration Entitled “One Mission, One Sisterhood: Empowering Communities Through Committee Service.”
In March 2006, the Southern University Alumni Federation recognized Placide as an outstanding alumnus from historically Black colleges nationwide at the National Association of Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) annual meeting in New Orleans, LA.
In October, 2006, the Baton Rouge Regional Council for the Louisiana Center for Women and Government at Nicholls State University, Mrs. Placide was appointed as a member of the Council.
In November, 2006, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Louisiana Department of Education, appointed. Placide as a member of the Blue Ribbon Commission for Educational Excellence for 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 and a representative of urban school superintendents.
In November, 2006, Placide began serving as the East Baton Rouge Parish School System’s representative for the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, Inc.
In February, 2007, Placide was selected as the Educators of Yesteryear’s “History Makers in the Making” 2007 award by the Educators of Yesteryear Retired Teachers Unit.
In February, 2008, Placide was selected as a recipient of the Louisiana Association of School Business Officials’ (LASBO) “Cypress Award for Career Achievement.”
In August, 2008, Placide began serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Baton Rouge Leadership Alumni, Inc.
In November, 2008, Placide was the recipient of the Our Lady of the Lake College’s Franciscan Impact Award.
In April, 2009,. Placide began serving as a member of the Board of Directors of Neighbors Federal Credit Union, where she serves as Board Vice Chair. Placide is also Chair of the Supervisory Committee.
In 2009, Placide received the Zeta Phi Beta’s Education of Excellence Award.
In May, 2009, Placide was recognized by Baton Rouge Community College for her outstanding leadership in education..
In May of 2009, under Placide’s leadership, the East Baton Rouge Parish School System was awarded SACS CASI District Accreditation as a Quality School System.
In August of 2009,. Placide was appointed to the Baton Rouge Community College’s Foundation Board, where she serves as Secretary.
Placide is recognized as a valued leader in her church, Allen Chapel AME, serving on the Steward Board and Finance Committee. In addition, she has volunteered time and service with the Food Bank and various other Community Outreach Programs sponsored through her church.