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James Williams is sworn is as the new Vernon superintendent Thursday. (Lauren Manary / American Press)

James Williams is sworn is as the new Vernon superintendent Thursday. (Lauren Manary / American Press)

New Vernon superintendent promises to 'stay the course'

Last Modified: Friday, July 11, 2014 1:51 PM

By Lauren Manary / American Press

LEESVILLE — James Williams, the new Vernon Parish school superintendent, was sworn in Thursday, beginning his tenure with a slew of items to address in preparing for the upcoming school year.

Williams, chosen by the School Board in December, replaces Jackie Self, who retired.

“I am very honored to be in this position,” he said. “I appreciate the opportunity to work with this board and this school system, which is one of the best school systems in the state and probably anywhere else around.”

Williams did not offer an opinion on Common Core State Standards during the meeting, but assured the board that the plan is to “stay the course” until the state makes a decision.

“Our stance is that ... we’re going to continue regular standards, regardless of what they’re called, regardless of what they’re categorized as,” he said. “We’re going to continue pushing our rigorous standards and framework with our principals like we have been doing.”

The board voted to receive bids to refurbish the Leesville and Pickering high tracks. The two lowest bids — $189,900 for Leesville High and $121,500 for Pickering High — were taken under advisement, as recommended by Finance Director Tim Ward, to ensure the bids meet the specifications.

Advertising for several district positions was also opened during the meeting. The School Board will seek an administrative assistant for Hicks High School and a curriculum supervisor and principals for Leesville Junior High School and Pickering Elementary.

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