Pat Russo named Louisiana School Boards Association president

Staff Report

The Louisiana School Boards Association has announced Ascension Parish School Board Member Patricia “Pat” Russo as its board president. 

Pat Russo

Russo was elected to fill the role and officially assumed the presidency at the conclusion of the LSBA’s 83rd annual convention in Shreveport, held March 9.

“It is a great honor to serve as the next LSBA president,” Russo said. “The last year has been especially tough with the COVID-19 crisis affecting us all in many ways, but this association and our members have risen to the challenge. It is important now more than ever that we lean on each other and work together so we can continue to aid our children to success.”

Russo has served on the Ascension Parish School Board since first elected in January 1999. During her tenure, which has spanned more than two decades, she has served on several committees: Child Nutrition (chair), Policy (chair), Executive, Insurance, and Personnel. 

In the past year, she also served as vice president of the LSBA, advocating for and communicating necessary policy changes that affect the safety and overall operations of schools.

Dr. Janet Pope, LSBA executive director said Russo is prepared for the new role.

“As public officials, we have had to make difficult decisions, be innovative and flexible," Pope said. "The students are the common bond between all education stakeholders and the reason why we were all able to move in the same direction during this time of crisis. We must prioritize the children... our children, and as we move further away from the pandemic, I want us to be sure that our efforts are always focused on the whole child. We know that children are resilient, but we have to be intentional about paying attention to them and providing support for their recovery from the disruption that they’ve experienced over the last year.

"Russo already has demonstrated a great capacity to tackle the work that lies ahead of us. She embodies the vision and mission of the LSBA. As she steps into her new role, we are confident that she will uphold our guiding principles and provide the necessary leadership, service, and support needed for all of our school boards across the state.”