Former St. James Parish School District Superintendent Lonnie Luce will be the new superintendent for the Louisiana Connections Academy, which is the state’s first online charter school for kindergarten through 12th grade.

Luce will start the job July 1, school officials announced Wednesday.

“Dr. Luce’s experience in technology is superb and demonstrated,” LACA Board Chairman Wade Henderson said in a prepared statement.

“Our desire as a charter school board, to reach our students as individuals and create individualized education, is shared by Dr. Luce,” Henderson said.

More than 2,100 students attend the school, which is based in Baton Rouge.

It opened in 2011 with about 600 students.

Students from around the state learn using computers, email, web conferencing, software and telephones.

Luce, 47, was superintendent for the St. James Parish school system for nine years.

He was named state superintendent of the year in 2014.

“The potential growth and opportunity to meet the needs of Louisiana children, especially in small rural areas that lack access to expanded public school programs, is interesting,” Luce said in a prepared statement.

“I am being given the opportunity to reshape public education in this state in a way that uses state funds better and serves kids better,” he said.

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