ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Ascension Parish officially has its new superintendent as the school year kicks off next week.
David Alexander signed a four-year contract to lead Ascension Public Schools with his duties being August 19.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve in this position, and it will be a privilege to serve alongside so many other outstanding individuals who invest in the lives of the children in this community," Alexander said.
Alexander is taking over for Dr. Patrice Pujol, who retired in March, and A. Denise Graves, who served as interim superintendent.
He toured schools Thursday and had a simple message for teachers who are prepping for the new year, which starts August 8.
"Make Monday the best day, and then after Monday becomes the best day, let's make Tuesday even better," Alexander said. "Be ready for what we have to accomplish. Let's do it well, let's do it with a smile, and let's do it with a genuine spirit of service to our students."
Since February, Alexander has been working as the director of education at the Pelican Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.
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.
He earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Louisiana Tech and a master's degree in math education from LSU.
Click here to see more about Alexander's history with the school systems for both Ascension and East Baton Rouge parishes.