Two new principals
By Joey Martin
The one constant at Delta Charter School is taking a new administrational position, while welcoming two new principals for the 2017-18 school year.
“We’ve got a little different set-up,” said Monica Miller, who has served as assistant director among other duties since the school opened in 2013. “I will now be over the central office and working with our school board.”
Jimmy Comeaux, whose last job in education was as headmaster at Tensas Academy, will be the principal for grades 6-12 at DCS, while Cari Ann Nicholson will be principal of grades kindergarten through fifth.
“This will allow me to take care of other areas of the school, and Cari Ann and Jimmy will be able to help teachers more,” Miller said. “I can focus on a lot of state issues. Having two principals is going to help us tremendously. This is the best situation for us. Cari Ann has a lot of expertise in elementary education, and Jimmy has the same for the upper grades.”
Comeaux was working for D&H Sporting Goods in Bastrop after serving as principal at Tensas Academy from 2010 to 2013. He has also served as a referee and umpire.
“I got a call to interview for this job and had heard so many good things about this school,” Comeaux said. “And I know a lot of the teachers and coaches, as well as some of the kids who went to Tensas. I am thankful to be here.”
Comeaux and his wife, Dana, live in St. Joseph. He has an 18-year-old stepson, Landon, and daughter Carley, who is an eighth-grader at Tensas.
Comeaux said he is proud that ACT scores have improved at Delta Charter, and plans on working to continue to improve test scores and other areas at the school.
“I’m tickled to have Cari Ann and Monica because it gives me the opportunity to concentrate more on students and teachers,” he said. “Especially getting a late start. I just found out where the restrooms and the cafeteria are.”
Nicholson was born in Manifest, but has spent the past few years in Rapides Parish, which included serving as principal in Julius Patrick Elementary in Pineville and assistant principal at Lessie Moore Elementary in Alexandria.
“I am starting my 19th year in education,” said Nicholson, who husband is Nick Nicholson. “I love teaching, and feel honored to be in that field.”
Nick and Cari Ann have two children -- Hunter who is 24 and whose wife Jessica is a school teacher, and Natalie, who is a junior at LSU.
“I love being in the elementary setting,” Nicholson said. “I believe teaching education is a calling. And my time will be devoted to Delta Charter. I want to make sure there is a strong foundation for the young students to build on.”
Nicholson attended Huntington School in Ferriday for two years. She and her husband were actually able to move back into a family home in Manifest.
“I feel like I am back home in Concordia and Catahoula parishes,” she said. “I’m excited to be at Delta Charter and don’t plan on going anywhere. I look forward to working with the children and following them through their graduation. I support our teachers and will makes sure they have all the researches and tools them need to help make our students successful.”
Delta Charter’s first day of school is Monday, which will be a half day.