Sandy Holloway

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Sandra LeBlanc Holloway


Member of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for District 3 (Ascension, Assumption, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, and Vermilion parishes)
Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 2016
Preceded by Lottie Beebe

Born January 1954
Breaux Bridge
St. Martin Parish
Louisiana
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Skipper J. "Skip" Holloway
Children Three children

Sandra LeBlanc Holloway, known as Sandy Holloway (born January 1954),[1] is an educational administrator from Thibodaux in Lafourche Parish in south Louisiana, who is also a Republican member of the eleven-person statewide Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for District 3, which includes all or portions of fifteen southern parishes: Ascension, Assumption, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, and Vermilion.[2]

Background

Holloway was born in Breaux Bridge to Ivan and Bunice Montet LeBlanc.[3] She received a Bachelor of Arts in elementary and special education from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, when the institution was known as the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She subsequently obtained graduate credits from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, where she still resides with her husband,[4] Skipper J. "Skip" Holloway, an architect there with Gossen Holloway & Associates.[5] They have three children, Shay, Seth, and Semonne Holloway.[3] She and her husband are active in Rotary International.[6] For more than two decades, Holloway was a classroom teacher and assistant principal at South Thibodaux Elementary School. Thereafter, she was assistant principal and then principal of St. Charles Elementary School, also in Thibodaux. She is a former supervisor of data and program evaluation for the Lafourche Parish School Board. In 2010, she was named director of the Bayou Community Academy, a charter school in Thibodaux.[3][7] At the academy, she worked with other schools to develop effective curriculum.[8]

BESE activities

Unlike opponent Lottie Beebe, Holloway supports the Common Core State Standards Initiative.[9] On October 15, 2015, The Baton Rouge Advocate reported that PAC-Empower Louisiana had allocated about $818,000 to the BESE races in support of candidates who endorse Common Core. The political action committee members include Alice and Jim Walton, Wal-Mart heirs who reside in Bentonville, Arkansas, Eli Broad of Los Angeles, California, and the trade association, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry in Baton Rouge. Four candidates in eight districts, including Holloway and James Garvey in District 1 (suburban New Orleans), were declared "acceptable" to the PAC. Holloway collected $87,696 from the group; Garvey, the board vice president who was reelected in the primary, received $230,459; Holly Boffy, another incumbent, received $107,145.[10]

In the primary held on October 24, 2015, Holloway unseated the one-term Republican incumbent, Lottie Beebe of Breaux Bridge, the superintendent of schools in St. Martin Parish. An intraparty critic of departing Governor Bobby Jindal and state John C. White,[11] Beebe cast the lone vote on BESE in 2012 against White's confirmation.[12] Holloway polled 74,078 votes (61.4 percent) to Beebe's 46,605 (38.6 percent).[2] Most Common Core opponents were defeated for their reelection bids in the primary or in the case of Mary Johnson Harris of Shreveport forced into a runoff contest.[12][13]

Holloway is a member of the Lafourche Parish Republican Women.[4] An educator of thirty-seven years, Holloway said in her BESE campaign: "I'm just getting started. I've taught and overseen the teaching of thousands of students. I understand that our children are worth fighting for. ... I'm a firm believer in school choice. At the end of the day, what matters most is that all children have access to a quality education that prepares them for college, career, and life."[8]

References

  1. Sandra Holloway, January 1954. Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved on October 22, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Results for Election Date: 10/24/2015. Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved on October 28, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sandy Holloway for BESE/District 3: Putting Children First. hollowayforbese.com. Retrieved on October 29, 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Educator announces candidacy for state education board. Houma Today (August 26, 2015). Retrieved on November 15, 2015.
  5. Gossen Holloway & Associates. yellowpages.com. Retrieved on November 15, 2015.
  6. Thibodaux Rotary Club. thibodauxrotary.org. Retrieved on November 14, 2015.
  7. Mrs. Sandy Holloway. zoominfo.com. Retrieved on November 14, 2015.
  8. 8.0 8.1 Jessica Williams (August 25, 2015). Thibodaux educator Sandy Holloway seeks BESE's 3rd District seat. New Orleans Times-Picayune. Retrieved on November 14, 2015.
  9. Flip BESE. Facebook. Retrieved on November 2, 2015.
  10. Mark A. Joyce (October 23, 2015). Guest columnist recounts out-of-state money and PAC support going to campaigns of certain BESE candidates. Louisiana Voice. Retrieved on November 14, 2015.
  11. Matthew Albright, St. Martin teacher bests Houma resident in BESE race. The Daily Comet (October 23, 2011). Retrieved on October 29, 2015.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Will Sentell (October 25, 2015). Backers of Common Core, other changes make clean sweep in BESE contests. The Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved on November 15, 2015.
  13. Results for Election Date: 10/24/2015. staticresults.sos.la.gov. Retrieved on October 28, 2015.