• The Calcasieu Parish School Board is excited to announce the appointment of Dr. Jason VanMetre as the new Superintendent of Schools. Dr. VanMetre enters the position with a wealth of educational experience as well as district level leadership experience, as he currently serves as the district’s Chief Academic Officer. 

    “I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve as the new Superintendent of the Calcasieu Parish School Board,” said Dr. VanMetre. “This district is home to phenomenal students, faculty, staff, and stakeholders, and I am honored to begin leading such a dedicated team.”

    With over 20 years of experience within CPSB, Dr. VanMetre exhibits a deep commitment to navigating coming changes, elevating academics, cultivating employee relationships, and communicating effectively. 

    “I truly believe that it is all about people, all the time, and I’m excited to be in our schools in this new role to engage, assist, and listen to members of our CPSB family,” said Dr. VanMetre. “We will work together to continue fostering learning environments where everyone feels safe, supported, and successful. Even with changes coming our way with a new accountability system, new evaluation system, and potential funding adjustments, I am confident that we will continue to successfully build foundations for the future.”

    In addition to serving as Chief Academic Officer, Dr. VanMetre’s career with CPSB includes spending time as the Director of Management Information Systems, Principal at Westlake High School, Assistant Principal at Sulphur High School, and a teacher at Barbe High School. He holds a degree in biology education and a master’s in educational administration from McNeese State University, as well as a doctorate in educational leadership from Lamar University.