The man who ran the best public high school in the state last year is leaving his position. Former Erath High School principal Francis Touchet is taking his record of success to the next level.
"When one door closes, I've always looked at it as if another door opens," says Touchet.
A few months ago Touchet received tough news, he wasn't going to be the next superintendent in Vermilion parish. But now he will be apart of a five person team at the state Department of Education helping districts all over Louisiana execute Governor Jindal's new education reform.
"A great opportunity for going out and being apart of what I feel is though is going to be great things that are happening in the state," expresses Touchet.
Touchet is the only principal to be selected for the group who will report to state superintendent John White. Their focus will be on the teacher and administrator evaluation program known as Compass, and the new teaching program, Core Curriculum.
"We feel as though these two ingredients are going to yield high school achievement, high student achievement," explains Touchet.
Meanwhile Jed Hebert takes over the reigns at Erath High. He has 22 years experience and recently served four years as principal of Katherine Drexel Elementary in Broussard. He says most would feel pressure to take over the A+ rated school, which was ranked number one among all other public schools in the state.
"Erath has been progressive in the things they do, and we're going to continue to do those things and we're gonna continue to evolve," says Hebert.
Hebert was recommended by Touchet to succeed him, and Hebert feels if he has the support of the community, it will lead to continued high ratings for the school.
"They have confidence that you're gonna come in and provide the things that the kids, and the school is gonna need to continue to be successful," says Hebert.
Hebert also says the faculty and staff at Erath is second to none, and feels they'll make the transition seamless.