VILLE PLATTE — Evangeline Central School in Vidrine will have a new principal this fall.

Superintendent Toni Hamlin on Wednesday told members of the Evangeline Parish School Board that Dexter Brown will serve as interim principal at the school effective immediately.

The appointment was made after the unexpected resignation of David Rivera, who accepted a similar post in Kansas near where his wife is employed.

Brown is a seven-year employee with the St. Landry Parish School System.

He was serving as assistant principal at Beau Chene High School and has a background in special education and working with the discipline of high school students.

Brown is also a reserve a police officer and a member of the St. Landry Parish Council.

Brown, who attended the meeting with his wife, thanked Hamlin and the School Board for their vote of confidence.

“I will do everything in my power to work toward the goal of having our students become productive citizens in society,” he said.

Hamlin commended Rivera for his accomplishments while serving as principal.

There are five programs operating at Evangeline Central in Vidrine.

Among those programs include working with students with discipline problems and those wanting to achieve a GED.

Hamlin said the new state mandated “Connections” program for 15-year-old students will operate at the school.

The district has identified 116 students that qualify for the program.

The goal is to accelerate learning to get students to their grade level.

In other action, Business Manager Amy Lafleur reported on the Sales Tax Distribution checks.

Lafleur said the total excess in sales taxes totaled $1.8 million for this fiscal year which is $242,000 below the amount a year ago.

The excess funds will be distributed to school employees in November.