Back to School Expo starts school year off right


 Each parish school, along with community organizations, were there to answer questions and outline what they will have available for students throughout the school year.

Information on transportation, school supply lists, acceptable uniforms, after school programs and more was also available.

The first 300 student attendees received a backpack filled with school supplies.

Photos by Juanice Gray

From left are Provencal staff Vanessa Birdwell and Tammy Graves with Principal Mary Yount.

Several schools have scheduled open houses before school starts Monday, Aug. 13.

•East Natchitoches School will have registration Aug. 6-7 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Parents and guardians are asked to take the child’s birth certificate, Social Security card, proof of residency and current immunization record.  The school will host its open house Thursday, Aug. 9 at 6 p.m.  For more information, contact East Natchitoches Elementary at (318) 352-4516.

•Provencal Elementary/Jr. High will hold open house Thursday, Aug. 9 at 6 p.m.

•L.P. Vaughn Pre-K-K Learning Center open house will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7.

•L.P. Vaughn 1st -2nd Grade Learning Center open house will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5.

•M.R. Weaver Elementary open house will be a 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6.

•East Natchitoches Elementary open house will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9.

•Marthaville Elementary/Jr. High will have open house at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug 9.

•Fairview Alpha Elementary will have open house at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13.

Parents, teachers and students took the opportunity to get acquainted. Staffing is a year-round job at the Natchitoches Parish School Board for Director of Personnel Linda Page. There are several changes in administrative personnel for the approaching year that result in the reorganization and banding of grades.

Page says that the principal at Goldonna, Frederick Dickinson, is new to the district.

Natalie Ducote was a teacher last year and is now principal at L.P. Vaughn.

Carissa Davis, Alyson Erikson, Akilah Issac, Cori Beth Manuel and Dylan Solice were teachers last year and are now assistant principals.

Chrystal Davis and Jennifer Martin were assistant principals last year and are now principals. Davis will be at East Natchitoches and Martin will be at Weaver.

Dennis Breland and Marsha Daugherty were discipline coordinators and are now assistant principals.

The following are the schools, grades at those schools, principals, coordinators/assistant principals and secretaries.

East Natchitoches:  5th-6th grades, Principal Chrystal Davis, Coordinator Trisha Weaver, Discipline Coordinator DeVoderick Ridley, Secretary Cynthia Longmire

Fairview-Alpha:  PreK-6th, Principal Brooke Williams, Assistant Principal Marsha Daugherty, Secretary Krystal Williams

Goldonna:  PreK-8th: Principal Frederick Dickinson, Secretary Amy Clark

Lakeview Jr./Sr. High: Principal Williams Hymes, Secretary, Secretary Linda Davidson

Marthaville:  Pre-K-8th, Principal Micah Nicholson, Secretary Karen Jordan

Natchitoches Central:  9th- 12th, Principal William Gordy, Assistant Principals Dennis Breland, Dylan Solice and Brossette, Secretary Brenda Coker

Natchitoches Magnet:  Principal Stephanie French

Natchitoches Jr. High:  7th-8th, Principal Kristie Irchirl, Assistant Principal Akilah Issac, Secretary Constance Bush

Frankie Ray Jackson : 4th-12th, Principal Bobby Benjamin, Secretary Tammy Walker

L.P. Vaughn:  Pre-K-K: Principal Natalie Ducote, Assistant Principal Carissa Davis, Secretary Carla Logan

L.P. Vaughn:  1st-2nd, Principal Sandy Irchirl, Assistant Principal Cori Beth Manuel, Secretary Cheri Elie

NSU Elementary Lab:  K-5, Principal Caron Coleman, Secretary Kellie Cedars

NSU Middle Lab:  6th-8th, Principal Ben Lagrone, Secretary Katinka White

Provencal:  PreK-8th, Principal Mary Yount, Coordinator Dwayne Poe, Secretary Lisa Dupree

Weaver:  3rd-4th, Principal Jennifer Martin, Assistant Principal Alyson Ericsson, Discipline Coordinator Armetrice Williams, Secretary Tracy Hall


Goldonna Principal Frederick Dickinson is new to the school system.
The Marthaville booth was manned by, on front row from left, Lexie Trichel and William Jones. On back row are Alana Jones and Hunter Laurent. Principal is Micah Nicholson.
Everyone was asked to register upon arrival.
Some booths offered books and other giveaways
From left are LP Vaughn Pre-K and Kindergarten Principal Natalie Ducote and Assistant Principal Carissa Davis