Bains Lower Elementary School Principal Raquel Square resigned effective Feb. 13 to take a similar position with a charter school organization.

Square, who has been Bains Lower principal since spring 2010, will be the regional program director for Charter Schools USA, a national for-profit charter organization. Square made the announcement to the Bains Lower faculty and staff on Feb. 11.

“Ms. Square has been a wonderful leader at Bains Lower since 2010. We will miss her, but we know she has a great opportunity to grow professionally,” Superintendent Hollis G. Milton said. “We wish her the best.”

Milton said Square’s new position includes a substantial increase in pay and offers her the ability to grow within the organization. He said the timing was necessary for Square because she will likely be involved with planning for the upcoming year and lobbying during the upcoming legislative session.

“I have had the tremendous honor to work in the West Feliciana Parish School System for the past five years,” Square said. “It has been a pleasure to work with an outstanding group of educators and leaders during my time at Bains Lower. I am extremely proud of the growth the faculty, staff and students have made during these last five years.”

Milton said Square’s resignation had nothing to do with the recent arrest of a teacher. He also met with the staff and provided an outline for the spring.

“We will ensure a smooth transition,” he said.

Nikki Milton will run the day-to-day operations as an assistant principal, with support from Elementary Supervisor Joyce Edwards and Family Service Center Supervisor Bridget Plauche.

The school system will advertise the principal vacancy and will put together an interview committee made up of supervisors and several Bains Lower employees.

“Our goal is to have a permanent principal in place by May 4,” Milton said. “We should not have an issue finding top-caliber candidates. Bains Lower is a state model for early childhood learning. It is a dream job for an aspiring principal.”