Charter Schools USA hires regional education director for Baton Rouge, Lafayette _lowres

Raquel Square, Charter Schools USA regional director of education

Charter Schools USA recently hired a regional director of education for its schools in Baton Rouge and Lafayette.

In her position, Raquel Square will oversee principals and help school leaders set goals, monitor school performance and provide ongoing coaching, according to a news release from the Florida-based charter school management company.

“Square gained notoriety as a turnaround specialist as a member of the Louisiana Turnaround Principal Cohort at Xavier University,” the release states.

It says that under her leadership, Scotlandville Elementary School improved after two years from “academically unacceptable status” to a school with “recognized academic growth and exemplary academic growth.”

Similarly, Bains Lower Elementary received an A accountability rating for school performance and a No. 1 ranking in kindergarten readiness for the state, the news release stated.

Square is working on a doctorate of philosophy in public policy at Southern University, where she also has a master of education degree in administration and supervision and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

Square also holds a title of turnaround specialist through a program at Xavier University.

Charter Schools USA manages nine schools in Louisiana — three in Lake Charles; three in the Baton Rouge area; two in Lafayette; and one in Shreveport.

In the Baton Rouge area, Charter Schools USA operates the Baton Rouge Charter Academy at Mid City, the South Baton Rouge Charter Academy and the Iberville Charter Academy in Iberville Parish.

In Lafayette, the company opened two schools — Lafayette Renaissance Charter Academy and Acadiana Renaissance Charter Academy in August. A high school also is planned for 2017.