St. James has four principals honored for completing program

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, May 13, 2008

LUTCHER – Four St. James Parish Public School principals were honored in a ceremony for their completion of the School Leadership Center (SLC) of Greater New Orleans two-year Coaching Program.

Julie Dauzat (Vacherie Elementary/Vacherie Primary), Kay Dornier (Gramercy Elementary) Harry Francois III (St. James High School) and Eugene Hoover (Lutcher High School) all completed the Principal Induction program and were honored on Friday, May 2, at a ceremony held at the St. James Parish Public Relations building. Eight other parishes had principals receive awards for completion of the program as well.

“I am happy that our new principals have all completed the SLC program.  All of us can continue to grow in our professional field,” said St. James Parish Public School Superintendent, Dr. Alonzo Luce.“These principals have displayed their dedication for our school system by taking the time to go through continued professional development and mentorship from experienced principals. We look forward to the results of their development ultimately reflecting in the performances of our students as well as their peers across the parish.”

The SLC is now in its 10th year of offering the Coaching Program, which pair’s veteran and newly appointed principals as long-term mentoring program. Each principal is assigned a professional

guide, as well as retired principals and school supervisors, forming a coaching team.

After the initial training, the team provides monthly one-on-on sessions with the principal to develop their instructional leadership capacity at their school sites, with measured success in improved academic achievement scores by students.

“Mentors for our new principals have been a prominent resource in helping the new principals move our schools forward,” Dr. Luce stated.

SLC-GNO is a partner with the Louisiana State Department of Education. The Coaches training is federally funded research made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. For more information, contact Cheron Brylski (504) 897-6110 or Janice Bernard, Director, Coaches Program, SLC (985)320-1476.


Marlon J. Reed, Public Relations Coordinator

St. James Parish Public School System

 P.O. Box 338

 Lutcher, Louisiana 70071


 office phone: 225.258.4567                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cell phone: 225.206.1874