When Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Belle Chasse, La., on Aug. 29, the Plaquemines Parish school system was devastated. After losing six of nine school buildings to punishing winds and widespread flooding, Supt. James Hoyle decided to take a stand.

Rather than let the tragic condition of this once-thriving school system threaten the culture of improvement and innovation he and his staff worked so hard to create, Hoyle, ever the optimist, turned his sights to the future. Using technology as a catalyst, he joined with teachers and administrators to create a plan for rebuilding the district,


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