IBERIA PARISH, La. (KLFY) The Iberia Parish School District has a new superintendent.

The school board elected someone to take over the role of the former superintendent, who is retiring, on Wednesday.

Heath Hulin was elected to take over the role. He has served as an assistant superintendent in Iberia Parish for several years.

“The confidence that the board has put in me, I want them to know that I’m not going to let them down. We have a lot of work to do, and I’m looking forward to leading the district into the future. I’m ready to start rolling tomorrow,” Hulin said.

He has worked in the Iberia Parish school system for over 20 years. He says the education system is the most important thing in the parish.

“If we produce students that will give back to our economy and give back to our community, that’s the only way that Iberia Parish can continue to grow and expand and move into the future. We need to keep our students here, homegrown, and that’s what we’re about,” he added.

Hulin, himself, says he’s even a product of Iberia Parish schools. The now former superintendent, Carey Laviolette, says she met Hulin when he was in the 8th grade.

“I had a job, and it was a mentor program. Mr. Hulin rose as a leader as early as the 8th grade, except for the fact I said he was going to be an attorney, and he was going to become a D.A. or a judge one day. But aren’t we fortunate that he came to the path of education instead,” Laviolette said.

She says there are still things she wanted to do in the school district, but is pleased with the school board’s decision to elect Hulin.

“It’s a very special day for me because I know the transition is going to go well, and I am relieved to see that the district is in good hands,” she added.

Hulin says he hopes to carry on his predecessor’s legacy.

“I’m ready to go. I’m ready to roll,” he said, smiling.

Hulin will begin his duties as superintendent on July 1, 2022.