Last Modified: Friday, November 16, 2012 1:15 PM
JENNINGS — Assistant Superintendent Brian Lejeune was unanimously named superintendent-elect of the Jefferson Davis Parish school system Tuesday.
Lejeune, 54, will replace Superintendent David Clayton, who will retire in July.
“I am looking forward to the challenges and appreciate the opportunity given to me by the board,” Lejeune said.
Under a measure approved by the board, Lejeune will serve as superintendent-elect Jan. 1-June 30. Lejeune, who has served two years as assistant superintendent, was the only applicant for the position.
He will officially assume the role of superintendent on July 1, when Clayton retires. At that time, he will be awarded a 31⁄2-year performance contract set to expire Dec. 30, 2016. The board also agreed to advertise for a new assistant superintendent to be appointed in January.
Lejeune said the biggest challenges facing the school system are changes being mandated by the state.
“We need to put those changes in place, then see what we can do to support the teachers and continue to grow and be the best we can be,” he said.
Lejeune served as an agriscience teacher at Elton High from 1980 to 1996; principal at Fenton Elementary, 1996-1998; principal at Lacassine High, 1998-2006; and curriculum supervisor, 2006-2011.
He was a nominee for the National High School Principal of the Year in 2006; Louisiana High School Principal of the year in 2006; and the Region 5 High School Principal and Jefferson Davis Parish High School Principal of the Year in 2004-2006.
He was the parish’s Middle School Principal of the Year in 2003.