Carroll credits staff for state award _lowres

Advocate photo by HOWARD ARCENEAUX -- West Feliciana High School Principal Jim Carroll was named Louisiana's 2016 High School Principal of the Year.

West Feliciana High School Principal Jim Carroll has been named a finalist for 2016 Principal of the Year by the Louisiana Department of Education.

Carroll has served as the school’s principal for more than four years and, prior to that, taught math at WFHS for seven years. Carroll also taught in Baker and served as a pilot instructor in the U.S. Air Force for 16 years.

“I am honored to be named among the finalists for Louisiana Principal of the Year,” said Carroll. “With all of the excellent educators in this state, it is humbling to have been noticed. I believe it is more of a reflection of the amazing teachers and staff of WFHS and the West Feliciana School System.”

Seventeen candidates were named Principal of the Year semifinalists, and that list has been whittled down to nine finalists. Each of the finalists is required to write an essay and then will be interviewed by a selection committee in mid-June.

The 2016 Principal of the Year and 2016 Teacher of the Year will be announced July 11 at the Ninth Annual Cecil J. Picard Educator Excellence Symposium at the Crown Plaza Executive Center in Baton Rouge. All of the state’s teachers of the year and principals of the year semi-finalists and finalists will be honored at the all-day event and evening gala.

“The honor could not go to a more deserving individual,” said West Feliciana Superintendent Hollis Milton. “Mr. Carroll leads with integrity, and the academic performance of West Feliciana High School has improved every year under his leadership.”