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Folse Honored by BGR for Innovation Problem-Solving

       The Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR) honored Deputy Superintendent Trey Folse with a Capital One Bank Keller Award for Innovation at its November 18, 2008, recognition ceremony in New Orleans.
       The BGR, a private, non-profit, independent research organization, is dedicated to the effective use of public resources for the improvement of government in the New Orleans Metropolitan area. Its awards program started in 1994 and singles out individuals for outstanding performance and creative problem-solving. Only eight persons from the New Orleans area are being recognized for 2008 at the BGR function.
       Folse was one of three receiving the Capital One Bank Keller Award for Innovation, which recognizes persons who have used innovative solutions to solve pressing problems. It is named in honor of the Keller Family Foundation, the founder of the BGR Excellence in Government Awards, and includes a cash prize of $1000.
       Superintendent Gayle Sloan commented that Mr. Folse provided strong vision and leadership in developing an energy conservation program that encourages wise energy use practices by students and staff and effective monitoring by System personnel.  “Our School System has saved money by avoiding higher utility bills even while fuel costs were skyrocketing, making more funds available for classroom instruction.  It’s been a win-win for our taxpayers and our schools,” she said.
       Folse has served the St. Tammany Parish Public School System for 23 years, as a teacher, administrative assistant principal, Central Office supervisor, and Assistant Superintendent for Administration.  He began his career as a Salmen High School computer literacy teacher.  Then he served as an assistant principal at Slidell High School for eight years, before being appointed to Central Office supervisory positions in Human Resources and later Administration. 
       He became Assistant Superintendent for Administration in October, 2002, and was appointed Deputy Superintendent in July, 2003. Folse manages School System administrative matters, including Transportation, Child Welfare and Attendance, School Food Service, Construction, Maintenance, and Student Discipline.  In addition, he oversees the Business Affairs and Information Technology departments. 
       He was graduated from William Carey University with a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Education degree, and he has +30 graduate hours beyond the Master’s degree.