Five schools in Baton Rouge, including Belaire and Woodlawn high schools, have new principals, the East Baton Rouge Parish school system announced Thursday afternoon.
That brings to 22 the number of schools that Superintendent Bernard Taylor selected new principals for in the past month. Since becoming superintendent in June 2012, Taylor has replaced the principals in more than half of the school system’s 80-plus schools, in some cases more than once.
All five are interim principals, meaning they serve at the pleasure of Taylor and they start their new jobs immediately. Only three of the school principals Taylor selected in the past month are working on a permanent basis, meaning they have administrative contracts.
Roy Walker and Scott Stevens are the new principals of Belaire and Woodlawn, respectively. Walker spent the past two years as principal of Capitol High School in Baton Rouge, which is part of the state-run Recovery School District. Stevens has been an assistant principal at Broadmoor High for the past four years.
Keith Bromery, a spokesman for the school system, said Venesa Myers and Daniel Edwards, the previous principals at Belaire and Woodlawn High schools, are both taking leaves of absence.
Woodlawn High is a neighborhood school with an attendance zone and offers a large gifted program that draws from a wider area.
Belaire is strictly a neighborhood school.
Three elementary schools are getting new principals:
- Vachella Jones will take over as principal of Buchanan Elementary School. She was assistant principal at Merrydale Elementary School.
- Justin Robicheaux has been promoted to principal of Greenbrier Elementary. He was dean of students at the school.
Jones was briefly assigned to become Greenbrier’s principal but ended up moving to Buchanan instead.
- Catasha Edwards is taking over as principal at Westdale Heights Academic Magnet school. She has been serving as an assistant principal at Audubon Elementary.
The three previous principals of these schools, Patrice Hudson, Sharmayne Rutledge and Norma Church, respectively, all accepted Central Office promotions.
Hudson is now a supervisor of special education, and both Rutledge and Church are executive directors for school leadership.
Buchanan is a neighborhood school with a large gifted program, Greenbrier is strictly a neighborhood school and Westdale Heights is a dedicated magnet school.
Bromery said the five new principals are planning to hold “Meet and Greet” events to introduce themselves to parents and students at their new schools.