JEFF DAVIS PARISH, LA (KPLC) - Brian Lejeune may be the new leader in the Jeff Davis Parish School System, but the work ahead of him is nothing new.
His tenure started with some parting words from his successor.
"I got the chance to work with the best staff in Louisiana. I feel like our employees are second to none," said David Clayton, outgoing superintendent.
Clayton knows too well the work ahead of Brian Lejeune.
"In my time as superintendent, it was the finances, sales taxes dwindled, the economy sort of went south a little," Clayton said.
A direction Lejeune said he hopes to see change.
"The biggest challenge when you get something that does well is making a step in the wrong direction," Lejeune said. "It's not something that people take lightly."
Clayton hopes Lejeune finds ways to bring in revenue for the parish schools, while maintaining the momentum.
"I had a gallon of ideas and a pint of money," Clayton said. "Hopefully, he'll have a gallon of ideas and a gallon of money."
Lejeune said he's ready for the years ahead since the man he succeeds taught him how to do the job.
People were sad to see Clayton go Thursday night after serving in the school system for many years.
Lejeune said he's familiar with Clayton's tenure so the transition should be smooth.