The Ascension Parish School Board welcomed three new principals and one new associate principal at its Feb. 16 meeting in Gonzales, a news release said.

All four were promoted from assistant principal at their existing schools.

Gonzales Primary School Principal Roddy Richard Melancon has served as a special education teacher, curriculum behavioral interventionist and assistant principal. He holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in education.

“I am honored to continue to work with the Gonzales Primary students, faculty, staff, parents and community members. Gonzales Primary has been my home for the past nine years, and I would not want to continue my career at any other school,” Melancon said.

Lowery Elementary Principal Karen Holston Daigle served 10 years as a third-grade teacher, two years as a teacher coach, five years as a master teacher and the past year as assistant principal. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education.

“I absolutely love working in Donaldsonville with our students and the community. I hope to achieve what this school district has achieved for me, and that is to instill confidence and push the community and students forward,” Daigle said.

Duplessis Primary Principal Jennifer Board was a first-grade teacher at Oak Grove Primary before teaching third grade at Dutchtown Primary. She was the home school director for Elite Gymnastics, a teacher coach, master teacher and assistant principal at Duplessis Primary. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education.

“We have an incredible team of teachers, staff members and parents who support Duplessis Primary students. Look for great strides to be made by our Duplessis Primary Star Patriots,” Board said.

Dutchtown High Associate Principal Randall Loving has served in Ascension for many years as a math teacher, coach and assistant principal at East Ascension High School and most recently as an assistant principal at Dutchtown High.

“Kathy Lapiparo’s shoes are tremendously big to try to fill, and I will do the best I can. I promise to ensure the saying ‘Every Griffin’ holds true,” Loving said.