Petition circulating to rename the JHS baseball field
Reed, 71, died last October in a fatal boating accident on Lac Chicot.
“We were contacted by a group of people who wanted to do something to honor such a wonderful educator and great coach,” Credeur.
According to school board policy, a petition with at least 50 signatures in favor of a school’s nomination must be submitted to the board for consideration. The petition received this week contained 51 signatures, Credeur said.
“They could have gotten more signatures, but they got what was needed, plus one more,” he said.
The names have been verified by the Louisiana Office of the Secretary of State to be registered voters from Ward II of the Jennings School District.
“Our policy requires that those signing the petition be from the district,” Credeur said. “We want local residents to be involved in the decision to name the facilities.”
In accordance with school board policy, Jennings High School will post announcements for a public hearing to seek public comment on the school name. The announcement will be made through a combination of the school’s website, school telephone notification, parent newsletters, local newspapers, and the school’s brand announcement board. school.
The public hearing will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 10 at a meeting of the School Board’s Buildings and Grounds Committee at Jennings High School. The committee will receive public comments on the proposal before making a final recommendation to the full board.
Reed was a well-respected local educator and coach for many years in the parish, Credeur said.
“The sentiment of many people I’ve spoken to about Jennings is that he was a good guy, a good educator, a good dad and a good family man, and a good coach,” Credeur said.
Reed began his coaching career at Holy Savior Menard High School in Rapides Parish and later served as head baseball coach and assistant football coach at Jennings High School. During the 23 years of his coaching career, he coached several college and professional athletes and won several state and district championships.
He was a school administrator from 1994 to 2013. He also served at Welsh Elementary School for four years and his last 15 years as Deputy Headmaster at Jennings Secondary School.
Since 2011, the school board has named several gymnasiums, a football stadium and a press box in honor of local university and sports leaders who have impacted students and local communities through the school’s sports and education system. parish.