SWLCA announces co-principals for 2013-2014 school year

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Over the past year, both the Lake Charles Charter Academy and Southwest Louisiana Charter Academy have shared one principal.

Dr. Pam Quebodeaux served both schools for the 2012-2013 year, but beginning July 1st will be full-time principal at LCCA.

On Thursday night, Judge Gene Thibodeaux, president of the board of trustees of LCCA and SWLCA, announced the hiring of Lorette Bass and Jacqueline Smith as co-principals of SWLCA.

Bass currently serves as the lead assistant principal at SWLCA and Smith is the principal of Nelson Elementary.

Both women said they were excited about the partnership.

"One of my goals is pushing academic excellence, getting each child to reach their maximum potential," Bass said. "I know that she and I together will analyze the data and get in there and do what we have to do."

Smith said she looks forward to the switch to a charter school. She said she believes the opportunity will give her a greater impact on the students of Calcasieu Parish.

"One of my major goals is to increase academic achievement, and the second goal is to increase character education," Smith said. "We want to bring some programs into place that will really help the students learn to develop some certain skills."

Smith said while she has much to learn about Charter Schools USA, she is eager to begin.

Thibodeaux said the board looked for co-principals whose talents and qualities complimented each other.

"They have both been in the school system before. They have talents and we want to structure those into one unit," Thibodeaux said.

Both women will begin their position as co-principal July 1st. Currently, there are 650 students enrolled at LCCA and 540 students at SWLCA.

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