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Logansport Welcomes a New Principal...
As educators and students returned from the Thanksgiving Break at Logansport High School, they welcomed a new principal. A little over a month ago, Ms. Bridgette Brown resigned the principalship to accept a position with the Louisiana Department of Education, leaving the post open. After advertising the position, several rounds of interviews, and screening references, we were pleased to appoint Mr. Matt LaFollette as the new principal of the PK-12 school, servicing over 600 students in western DeSoto Parish.
Over the past three weeks, we’ve provided a thorough job orientation for a willing Mr. LaFollette. He’s spent days on the LHS campus getting acquainted with some Tigers, he’s had scheduled meetings with each of our district-level departments, and has spent time with several other principals in the parish to view their practices. Beyond that, Mr. LaFollette has immersed himself into the school’s local culture by traveling to an LHS state playoff football game and attending the Logansport Christmas Parade. We’ve encouraged Mr. LaFollette to invest himself into the students, educators, parents, and community – he’s off to a great start with that.
“I feel like I’m going into a great situation,” said Mr. LaFollette in an address to Logansport’s faculty and staff. “This is a great school and I want us to work together to make it even greater!”
Mr. LaFollette holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Northwestern State University in Vocal Music. He obtained a Master’s Degree in Christian Education from the New Orleans Baptist Seminary. And he will soon earn his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. He is married to his wife, Amanda, and they have six children.
Prior to becoming the LHS principal, he was already employed with us and working at Mansfield High School as Music Director. He has served as a mentor teacher at MHS and performed a number of administrative duties for the principal including scheduling, coordinating testing, and other organizational tasks.
Mr. LaFollette is exceptionally excited about his new work and is very interested in shepherding LHS to greater heights. LHS has performed well, academically, over the last few years due to hard work of educators, students, and parents alike. We see that progress continuing with Mr. LaFollette as the principal.
Ms. Lillie Giles is a former principal of Logansport High School. In her current role with the district, she supports our principals in their daily work. She is very optimistic about Mr. LaFollette meeting the needs of the school and community. “I expect Mr. LaFollette to continue the mission of excellence at LHS,” said Ms. Giles. “I also look forward to him continuing to build pride in academic achievement for all the school’s scholars.”
We are aware that Mr. LaFollette will have to earn respect and trust in this new position from all stakeholders. He will do that over time with hard work and a sincere desire to improve educational experiences for students. Above all, he must be willing to fulfill the DeSoto Parish School’s mission statement of serving to care for our students, ensure their learning, and celebrating their graduation as citizens prepared to transform their dreams into realities.
Dr. Cade Brumley
DeSoto Arts Council-North Desoto 3-5
Color the Student Art Wall of the DeSoto Arts Council Gallery red, white, and blue for Christmas! North DeSoto 3-5 has brought us the art of independence. Eagles, the Statue of Liberty, flags, and horses in parades with the flag fill the walls. This theme is in conjunction with the upcoming AvoCare Independence Bowl on December 31 in Shreveport. Librarian Karin Burback brought over twenty-five pieces of art from her students. Each piece tells a special story of the meaning of independence.
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