Glasgow Middle and Wildwood Elementary, two public schools with attendance zones in the southside area of Baton Rouge, have recently changed principals, and five more schools that draw students from all over the city have changed leadership as well.
They are among 19 schools with shifts in their top leadership that East Baton Rouge Parish Schools Superintendent Bernard Taylor released publicly June 18. That’s roughly a quarter of all principals in the parish school system. Of those, 17 have no principals and two are losing principals, but replacements haven’t yet been announced.
Glasgow’s Principal Diane Talbot is taking a medical leave for the 2014-15 school year, and Erin Howard is taking her place. Howard’s previous job was serving as assistant principal at Southeast Middle.
At Wildwood, Natalie Jadid is the new principal, a promotion after serving as dean of students at Brownsfield Elementary. She is taking over for Stephanie Weaver, who retired at the end of May.
The five schools with citywide access that changed principals are Buchanan Elementary, Lee High, McKinley Middle, McKinley High and Westdale Heights Academic Magnet.
Buchanan and Westdale Heights Academic Magnet, both elementary schools, were leaderless as of June 18. Their principals, Patrice Hudson and Norma Church, both accepted Central Office promotions. Hudson became a supervisor of special education, and Church became an executive director for school leadership. Buchanan has a gifted program, and Westdale Heights is a dedicated magnet school.
Nan McCann is now running Lee High, a change announced in early June. She will continue to lead Baton Rouge Magnet High with the help of newly appointed associate principals at each campus. Averil Sanders, the former principal of Lee High, is being reassigned. Both schools are dedicated magnet schools.
McKinley Middle’s longtime Principal Herman Brister Jr. is moving up to serve as principal of the older children at nearby McKinley High School. He is replacing Armond Brown, who has agreed to serve as a “principal on assignment” over the district’s athletics and physical education programs. McKinley High has a gifted program.
Taking over for Brister as McKinley Middle’s principal is Wiley Brazier. Before taking this promotion, Brazier was an assistant principal at Woodlawn High School. McKinley Middle is a dedicated magnet school.