CLINTON — East Feliciana Parish School Board members met the new interim high school principal Tuesday and approved a federally funded supplement to his base salary.
Curt R. Green, who has a doctorate in education, is a Louisiana native returning from Atlanta, said Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr.
Green, who replaces retired principal John Harris, has a daughter who attends LSU and a son who plans to attend the school next year, Lewis said.
“It is hard to find a principal for a high school. Almost no one wants to take on a high school,” the superintendent said.
Because of the hours and added responsibilities, “it becomes your life,” he added.
The board approved an $850 per month supplement to Green’s salary, which Lewis said will come from federal No Child Left Behind Act funds earmarked for training and recruiting high-quality personnel.
Lewis said the job included the supplement when the school received additional money from a federal school improvement grant, but that source of money dried up last year.
After the meeting, Lewis said the board will hold a special session later this month, possibly Dec. 15, to discuss finances and his recommendation to save money by reconfiguring the schools.
Lewis said he plans to suggest putting students in kindergarten through grade 6 in the three community elementary schools and students in grades 7-12 at the high school, effectively eliminating the parish middle school.
Only Slaughter Elementary School has grade 6 under the current configuration.
After finishing elementary school, a student would have the option of attending either the Slaughter Community Charter School or East Feliciana High School for grades 7-12, he said.
Also on Tuesday, board members recognized:
n Science and home-bound teacher Susan Loupe as the district’s teacher of the month.
n Mikaela Payne, a Slaughter Elementary sixth-grader, for submitting the winning art for the district’s Christmas card.
n Ebony Ferguson, a parish graduate attending Southeastern Louisiana University, for winning a scholarship from Trabona’s Food Store, where she worked as a high school student.