Changes effected regarding Bogalusa principals

Published 11:10 am Sunday, August 2, 2015

Bogalusa City Schools Superintendent Toni Breaux said some changes made at the high school for the 2015-2016 school year are hers and hers alone.

Breaux said the district will no longer have lead principals at any of the schools. Eric Greely was lead high school principal last year, while Lesley McKinley was principal. Linda Pittman was assistant principal at the high school.

When classes begin on Aug. 6, Greely will be principal for the 6th-8th grades, along with Sheila Lawrence. Lawrence was at Byrd Elementary last year. McKinley will be the high school principal, and Pittman will remain high school assistant principal.

Breaux said the changes were discussed in an executive session at Monday’s committee meeting.

“I asked the Board for its input about the changes. It was my decision and mine alone, and I stand by it.” Breaux said. “Most of the board members said they supported my decision. I did have one member call me and say he wouldn’t support the moves.”   

Also, the Board recognized 21 retiring Bogalusa City School System employees.

Retiring secondary teachers recognized with plaques included Cathy Magee, Bobbie Cox, Linda Sue Gerald, Carla McCain and Karren Sharp. Both Magee and Gerald had 20 years in the system.

Elementary school retirees included Lita Varnado, Karen Hillhouse, Cansandra Robinson, Randi Mercier and Judy Pritchard.

School Board Office retirees included Debbie Craig, who finished with 43 years of service, Naomi Rawls and Kathi Adams.

Food Service employees who were recognized with platters for their contributions included Demple Barber, Carmen Comans, Linda Nunnery and Janice Miller. Barber had 33 years of service while Nunnery had 20.

Retiring employees also included Peggy Brandel, Randi Mercier, Mary Robinson and Mary Keaton.

In other business, the board approved the code of conduct for the 2015-2016 school year.

The board also approved food service commodities for bread and milk for the upcoming school year.

Board members approved special education contracted services.

The body also approved the hiring of James Prescott of Forethought Consulting Inc. of Baton Rouge for policy updates and procedures.