A new face will welcome students at Harper Elementary when school opens for the 2012-2013 school year.
Janene Ashley was named Harper Elementary school's principal at the Webster Parish School Board meeting last night.
"Janene Ashley is a fantastic person," WPSB superintendant Steve Dozier said. "She is extremely friendly and competent. Everything she has done has been of the highest quality and she is of exceptional character."
Ashley has served Webster Parish for 19 years, teaching pre-kindergarten for 17. She was recently Dean of Students at Harper and Stewart Elementary before her move to the central office as 504 coordinator for six months. Since October, Ashley has been working at Doyline School.
"Early childhood is my passion," Ashley said. "So I was so excited when this position became available because Harper is a K-1 learning environment."
The board's decision, along with the committee who suggested Ashley to the board, were both unanimous.
"The committee who went through the interview process was made up of Central office supervisors," Dozier said. "We followed a specific criteria set by state law during the interview process."
Dozier said a point system is used to determine final candidates.
"We took all our candidates and rated them according to the point system. Then we confirmed the point totals with the candidate," he said. "Because there was a change in point values to the test administrators took, we could not compare all the test scores.
"One of four of the final applicants had taken the test under the new point value system, and we could not compare the test scores fairly," he continued. "So we tossed them."
The four candidates interviewed by the committee were Ashley, Betty Wallace, Scott Martin and David Martin.
"The board can select from any of those final candidates," Dozier said. "They do not have to agree with me or the committee, but in this case we all agreed Janene was the person for the job."