Local business owner announces candidacy for CPSB

By Nikki Henderson | nhenderson@ktalnews.tv

Published 08/22 2014 09:15AM

Updated 08/22 2014 09:18AM

Shreveport native Deneé Locke has announced her intention to run for Caddo Parish School Board this fall in District 8.

The eighth district includes the neighborhoods of Broadmoor, South Broadmoor, Pierremont Place, The Haven, portions of Towne South to the southern portion of the parish.

Locke is the owner of Closets in Order, an organizational business that designs and creates custom storage solutions for homes and offices.  In the 11 years of owning and operating Closets in Order, Deneé has received several awards recognizing exceptional accomplishments, dedication and performance. 

Over the last 25 years, Locke has had three children attend five different Caddo Parish Public Schools and has served on the PTA boards of all five, holding several different positions including President.   She received the Louisiana PTA Honorary Life Service Award and the Louisiana PTA Distinguished Service Memberscroll. 

Locke said, "As a proud Shreveport native, giving back to my community through service has always been a top priority to me. When my children were attending Caddo Parish schools, I focused much of my volunteer efforts on the PTA and PTSA boards at their various schools. It was important to me to have a hands-on approach with the educational institutions that were shaping the minds of my children.  I have seen and fully understand how invaluable an accessible, quality education is for young people, and I want that same education to continue to be available for children in the future."

Locke is a Past President of the Providence House Board of Directors.  During her six years serving on the board, she also served on the Executive Board for five years and the Finance Committee for two years. 

Locke said, "After my oldest two children completed their secondary education I joined the Providence House Board of Directors. Through this work I have seen first-hand the effects of high school dropout rates on employment and homelessness in our area.  As a member of the School Board I would support Superintendent Lamar Goree in his efforts to improve our dropout rates, which are among the highest in the state."

Locke is also a member of the Women's Philanthropy Network, the Homebuilder's Association, and St. Mark's Cathedral.  She is married to builder and developer Matt Locke and has three grown children.

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