Four new principals named for St. Tammany public schools

Four new principals — all veteran administrators — were welcomed to their new posts Thursday night by the St. Tammany Parish School Board and teachers and staff from their new schools who turned out for the meeting.

Frank Jabbia, who has been assistant principal at North Shore High School since 2006, now has the top job there. Mitch Stubbs, who was principal at Boyet Junior High, is shifting to Tchefuncte Middle School. Raphael Tillman moves from Covington High School, where he was assistant principal, to the head job at William Pitcher Junior High School. Diane Combs, who served as assistant principal at Abney Elementary, will be principal at Pine View Middle School.

Each principal was given a copy of the book, “Schools Cannot Do It Alone,’’ by Jamie Vollmer. School Board members suggested that it was their summer reading assignment.

Tillman thanked what he called his Covington High School family and said he would do everything in his power at William Pitcher Junior High “to assure the students are prepared for high school.’’

Jabbia said that Northshore High School is “an outstanding community I look forward to serving every day. ... I promise I will give you guys everything I’ve got every day.’’

Stubbs said that he is excited to return to the grade level where he began his career. Combs, who thanked her principal at Abney, said, “I know we will do great things at Pine View Middle School.’’

The school board voted on several measures aimed at containing costs, continued a ban on professional improvement sabbaticals for the coming school year and voted on a salary schedule that will mean no pay increases for the coming year.

The board also passed a resolution to seek the State Bond Commission’s approval to issue $14.2 million in bonds, an effort to refinance a 2006 bond issue at a lower interest rate.