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Decline in Vermilion Parish school principals

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Vermilion Parish is one of the top rated school districts in the state but there is one thing that concerns many people, the lack of certified middle and high school principals. Since the State Department of Education made changes to the certification process back in 2008, the effects of that are now being felt.

In order to be certified to become a principal, teachers must take courses but now those courses are only available during specific times. For those teachers who teach extra-curricular activities, it makes it next to impossible for them to receive certification.

Randy Schexnayder, acting assistant superintendent of Vermilion Parish schools says most of the people who are certified as ed leaders or principals were elementary teachers. Most of those teachers do not have as many extracurricular activities to attend to as middle and high school teachers, so their time after schools is more flexible.

Schexnayder goes on to say that because more elementary teachers are receiving certification they are being moved into middle and high schools. Schexnayder says the last two high school principals hired were certified in elementary, which has some concerned because the two curriculums are different.

Schexnayder hopes the State Department of Education hears what's happening so they can adjust the process otherwise Schexnayder fears unqualified people will be put into the system.

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