Board names interim CHS principal
By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY – A jam-packed board room met a jam-packed Acadia Parish School Board meeting, which included the naming of an interim principal at Crowley High as well as the recognition of 10 schools and numerous students.
James “Jim" McKeiver, disciplinarian at Ross Elementary, was given the interim tag at the city’s high school at the meeting by a unanimous vote.
The board also named a new executive director of personnel/operations. Church Point Middle Principal Paul De Rousselle.
Following his unanimous approval, the board approved the advertising for a new principal at Church Point Middle.
The beginning of the meeting, however, belonged to the schools and students themselves as many students were recognized for their achievements this year as well as 10 schools who received their annual growth flags. Five schools were awarded for recognized growth and five schools were awarded for extemporary growth.
Exemplary academic growth is defined as a school that makes its growth target, the students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged subgroups improve their adjusted subgroup assessment indices by at least two points and the school is not an academically unacceptable school. Crowley High School, Crowley Kindergarten, Estherwood Elementary, Mermentau Elementary and Mire Elementary all were awarded Exemplary Growth flags.
Recognized academic growth is defined as a school that makes its growth target but either the subgroup does not improve its adjusted subgroup assessment index by at least two points and/or the school is an academically unacceptable school. North Crowley Elementary, Egan Elementary, Evangeline Elementary, Iota Middle School and Midland High were all awarded flags for recognized growth. In fact, the flag awarded to Midland High continues their streak of receiving a flag every year since the program’s inception. They are one of three in the state to pull off such a feat.
Students also were given the chance at the spotlight as regional and state science and social studies fair winners from Mire Elementary and participants and winners from the Young Author’s Contest were recognized in the meeting’s opening items.
Mire’s fair winners featured two solo competitors in the science fair portion and two teams in the social studies fair portion. Mire would also be among the seven schools that had participants and winners at the various levels of the Young Author’s Contest. Other schools with participants included Branch Elementary, Church Point Elementary, Church Point Middle, Evangeline Elementary, Iota Middle and Rayne High. Two of Rayne’s participants made it all the way to the state level.
The school board’s next meeting is slated for June 6.