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Frank named new charter high school's prinicipal

Last Modified: Monday, May 05, 2014 10:58 AM

By Kara Carrier / American Press

Lake Charles College Prep, the new charter high school slated to open in August, has named its founding principal — Deborah Frank.

Frank, a Lake Charles native and a LaGrange High School graduate, previously served as the president/head-of-school at St. Louis Catholic High School.

According to Charter Schools USA, the school’s management company, Frank holds a master’s in secondary education and educational leadership from Stephen F. Austin State University and a bachelor’s in English from McNeese State University.

“It is a privilege to be chosen as the first principal of the Lake Charles College Prep,” Frank said in the news release. “As a parent and an educator, I am committed to working with all young people in dreaming dreams and setting goals, and then working to accomplish what they aspire to be.”

Gene Thibodeaux, president of the Southwest Louisiana Charter Academy Foundation, the board that oversees Lake Charles College Prep, said Frank’s credentials, knowledge of the community and vision of educational equality impressed the board of trustees.

“The transition of our eighth-grade charter students, and also others who are admitted to the high school, will be so much easier with Ms. Frank as our high school leader,” Thibodeaux said.

Students and parents can meet Frank at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at Lake Charles Charter Academy.

Thibodeaux said work on Lake Charles College Prep, which will be on the corner of East McNeese Street and South Park Drive, is on target. The school will begin with a ninth-grade class, and a grade will be added each year until there is a complete 9-12 high school.

According to Thibodeaux, enrollment is still open, but there are only few spots still available. To apply, visit or call 866-KIDS-USA.

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