Livingston board appoints 2 principals, 1 assistant principal

The Livingston Parish School Board on Thursday approved permanent appointments for the principals at Springfield Middle and Northside Elementary schools and an assistant principal at Denham Springs Freshman High School.

Michael Dwayne Dykes and Jo Ann Cook will remain as principals of Springfield Middle and Northside Elementary, respectively. Karen Grant will retain her position as assistant principal at Denham Springs Freshman High.

The three already had been serving in each of their respective capacities within the past year, Superintendent John Watson said.

All three appointments were unanimous.

“We’re very pleased to have all of them,” Watson said. “They have done an excellent job in the position for the past year, and we look forward to having them for a long time in the future. They are excellent people.”

Dykes was offered a three-year contract, while Cook and Grant were given two-year contracts.

Dykes has 17 years of experience in Louisiana schools, formerly serving as an administrative assistant, teacher and coach at Denham Springs
Junior High and as a teacher and coach at Ponchatoula High and Independence Middle schools.

Cook, a 25-year schools veteran, was principal designee for two years at Walker Elementary and previously worked at Live Oak Elementary, Lewis Vincent Elementary and Northside Elementary schools.

Grant has served 14 years as teacher or administrator at Denham Springs Freshman High.

Board members also unanimously approved Sharon Anderson as a supervisor of instruction and Madeline Miller as a substitute supervisor of instruction. Both will work for the school system’s central office.

Anderson had previously worked as a substitute supervisor of instruction for the school system’s central office. Miller was the principal at Freshwater Elementary School.

Other business coming before the board included:

RESURFACING PROJECT: The board approved a bid by Cox Paving LLC, of Amite, to resurface the bus parking lot at Albany Lower and Upper Elementary Schools.

The project is expected to cost about $64,000 and be completed by July 1.