After 10 years as principal and CEO of Audubon Charter School in New Orleans, Janice Dupuy, a St. Francisville native, has retired.

Upon her retirement Sept. 30, Dupuy was presented with an award of accomplishment from the Greater New Orleans Collaborative of Charter Schools.

“My 10 years at Audubon have been the most fulfilling of my long career, and it is with bittersweet emotion that I have made this decision,” Dupuy said.

“I consider Audubon Charter School staff, board, administrators, faculty and students to be my extended family. This was not an easy decision to make, but after nearly 38 years as an educator in Orleans Parish, I feel it is time to move on and concentrate on my family.”

During Dupuy’s tenure, the school added talented music to its ever-growing visual arts and theater programs.

The academically gifted program continues to grow each year, while Audubon has expanded its Chinese Mandarin programs and French as a second language program, she said.

Additionally, the Academic Games and Debate teams have won national and state competitions, and the school has award-winning chess, robotics and Metro League sports teams.

Audubon is an associate member of the American Montessori Society, accredited by the French Ministry of Education, and member of the Agency for French Teaching in America.

“Ms. Janice has been an iconic guiding force for 10 years at Audubon Charter. Her tireless work at keeping two programs running smoothly and assembling a first-class staff accounts for Audubon’s ongoing stellar academic achievements,” said the Rev. Cornelius Tilton, Audubon’s board chairman.

“She will be greatly missed by the Audubon Charter community.”