ST. FRANCISVILLE — A number of leadership changes are in store for the West Feliciana Parish school system next year in the wake of the retirements of three longtime supervisors.
By the end of June, Joyce Edwards, Carla Greggs and Bridget Plauche will retire, resulting in shuffling in a number of key positions in the school system for the 2016-17 academic year.
Superintendent Hollis Milton last month announced that Lee Coleman, an assistant principal at West Feliciana High School, will replace Plauche as Family Service Center supervisor.
“Mr. Coleman is a tremendous leader and a caring and effective disciplinarian,” Milton said. “He will bring a wealth of knowledge about support services and ways to engage families.“
Edwards, supervisor of elementary education and federal programs and a former principal at Bains Lower, will be replaced by Zanovia Curtis, who has been serving as supervisor of secondary education. Her title will be supervisor of elementary education, which will again include federal programs.
“Ms. Curtis has been referred to by many as a game changer for our district when she arrived, and she has played a key part in our recent success as a district,” Milton said. “She was responsible for our leadership as the North Baton Rouge JumpStart Program Grantee that includes Zachary, Baker, Pointe Coupee and East Feliciana.”
Jim Carroll, the principal at WFHS for the past five years, will become supervisor of secondary education, meaning he will oversee the high school and middle school.
“Mr. Carroll led West Feliciana High School from a B school to an A school, with the school performing at the highest academic levels in its history,” Milton said. “He is already working to bring more high school courses to the middle school and more college and vocational courses to the high school.”
Abby Cochran, who has been principal at Bains Elementary for four years, will replace Carroll. Cochran previously worked at the high school as an administrator.
“Ms. Cochran has the skill set to run the flagship because she is a tremendous leader with the fortitude, the communication skills, the trust and the belief system to make an A letter grade high school even better,” Milton said. “She knows how to build pride and get the students and teachers to back the Royal Blue.”
Milton said the school district is looking to fill openings for Greggs’ position as child nutrition supervisor, Bains Elementary principal and two assistant principal positions at the high school. He said the system is looking at possibly promoting candidates from within the parish or bringing in someone from another district.
“My goal is to get the best people and put them in the right seat on the West Feliciana bus,” Milton said. “I am confident that the West Feliciana Parish school system’s best and brightest days are still ahead.”