On the last day of the Constitutive Assembly this summer in Sierra Madre, Calif., the Brothers of the Christian Schools of the New Orleans-Santa Fe and San Francisco districts unanimously voted in favor of combining the two Lasallian districts into one single district to be called the San Francisco New Orleans District.
The new District of San Francisco New Orleans will combine the District of New Orleans-Santa Fe (which includes schools in Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado) and the District of San Francisco (which includes schools in Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington).
“Everything the Brothers do has always been about meeting the needs of the students they teach, and combining the resources of the two districts does this,” said Charlie Legendre, who serves on the New Orleans-Santa Fe Mission and Ministry Council as the Director of the Lasallian Mission.
According to Legendre, the Saint Paul’s students will probably not notice the change. “The network that we are part of and the people in charge will be different, and we will have a closer relationship with more schools in Washington, Oregon, and California,” said Legendre.
There are still some details to be worked out, such as who will be Brother Visitor, the head of the district. The Brothers will elect the new Visitor in December of this year.
Bro. Tim Caldwell, FSC, is the current Brother Visitor, or provincial, of the District of New Orleans-Santa Fe, which includes St. Paul’s School. The provincial offices for this district are located in Covington, La., on the corner of Jefferson Ave. and 11th St., just outside of the St. Paul’s campus.
The current provincial of the District of San Francisco is Bro. Donald Johnson, whose district office is located at Mont La Salle in Napa Valley, Calif. This office will become the new headquarters for the new combined district.
As for the provincial offices in Covington, St. Paul’s School President/Principal Bro. Ray Buillard, FSC, noted that because of the size of the new district, the offices in Covington will remain functioning as an auxiliary office.
The vote to combine the two districts took place on June 13, on the last day of the Constitutive Assembly. According to Legendre, the district will be inaugurated July 1, 2014, pending approval by the Superior General, Bro. Álvaro Rodríguez Echeverría, FSC.