A Louisiana Legacy
After 33 years of planning the future for the St. Tammany Parish School District, Frank Gennusa finally gets to plan his own.
FRANK GENNUSA doesn't fly. If he can't get somewhere on foot, by car, by boat or by train, he's not going. But that doesn't mean he hasn't traveled. Like many roads, though, his eventually led back home, to Covington, La.
Thirty-one miles north of the Big Easy, across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, and swaddled in acres of cypress, magnolia and moss-draped oak, Covington is a close-knit bedroom community that serves as the parish seat for St. Tammany, the fastest growing school district in the state.
For the past 33 years, Gennusa has managed the in-plant for St. Tammany Parish school district. He has watched it grow considerably during that time. But his decision to stay more than three decades has nothing to do with his refusal to fly.
According to Gennusa, the real reason he's stayed with the school district so long is simply because he likes the people and the way they treat him.
"I guess first and foremost is the support I've had from my family and my rapport with the administration and our business affairs people," says Gennusa with a contented sigh. "Having the right rapport with upper management is the key to any in-plant's success. You know, for them to believe in you and believe in what you're doing."
In The Beginning
Ironically, Gennusa didn't always know what he was doing. After graduating from Covington High School in 1961, Gennusa enrolled in Southeastern Louisiana State University on a football scholarship and helped the team win three conference titles between 1961 and 1965.
Despite earning a degree in Physical Education, because he says he wanted to "stay in the sporting field," Gennusa eventually ended up rambling down to Ft. Worth, Texas, to pursue a career in insurance sales.