DONALDSONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - The Ascension Parish School Board has chosen a new superintendent for the parish school system.
At Tuesday night's meeting, the board voted to offer the job of superintendent of Ascension Public Schools to David Alexander.
Alexander, who has a Master of Arts in Math Education from LSU, was one of 11 candidates considered for the position during a second search. Since February, Alexander has been working as the director of education at the Pelican Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC-Pelican).
Before that, Alexander was the director of secondary education with the Ascension Public Schools. He retired from the school system in January after a 31-year career in public education.
The Ruston native has taught in Texas and Louisiana after graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Math Education from Louisiana Tech in 1983. In 1986, Alexander was the head of the mathematics department at Broadmoor High School in Baton Rouge and also was an assistant coach with the football team.
Alexander spent nine years at Lee High in Baton Rouge, starting in 1988. During that time he taught physics, Algebra II, trigonometry and calculus while earning his masters.
He was also an assistant football coach at Lee as well as an assistant track coach. He then became the head football coach and athletic director in 1990.
Alexander left Lee High in 1997 to teach at St. Amant High. He continued teaching math while serving as an assistant football coach at The Pit.
In 2002, he participated in the parish's administrator intern program and spent nine weeks at Lowery Middle and another nine weeks at East Ascension High School.
In 2003, Alexander was recommended for the position of third assistant principal at Dutchtown High School. However, the move meant that he could no longer coach.
Alexander became the principal of Dutchtown High in 2005 and served in that position for six years before becoming the director of secondary education for the Ascension Parish school system in 2011 until he retired in 2016.
"Certainly it will be a smooth transition, David and I have worked together for a number of years, so the transition will be seamless and Ascension remains strong," said A. Denise Graves.