GREENSBURG, LA (WAFB) - Students are back to school in St. Helena Parish and officials said there are new expectations for the district with the start of another school year.
“What's going on in St. Helena is real big for the community and our kids deserve that,” said Reginald Douglas, principal of St. Helena College and Career Academy, formerly St. Helena High School. “They've been working real hard. We have some of the best kids in Louisiana and they deserve to go to school in the best facilities and we're excited that our kids will have the opportunity to experience that.”
Douglas said have changed more than the name. There is also a change in expectations.
“One of the things we want to do is make sure that we have a wonderful environment for our kids when they show up and we just want to be a great high school,” Douglas explained.
New in the 2014-2015 school year, 8th grade students will take high school courses and students in grades 9 through 12 will take advanced placement courses.
“We want to be the best high school in the state of Louisiana. That's what we want to be and that's what we're working towards and so, we want to be competitive with everything we do,” Douglas added.
Facilities at the Greensburg campus will also be new to students, including a new auditorium, media center and classrooms. Douglas said it’s only the beginning of change and growth in St. Helena Parish.
“This coming school year, we want to do better than we did last school year, so we're going to hit the ground running. We're going to have high expectations for our kids and we're really challenging our teachers to make sure that they have high expectations for their kids when they walk through the door and make sure they push them to be the best they can be this upcoming school year,” Douglas said.