Pending board approval of contract specifics, Steven Dozier will leave his position as Superintendent of Union Parish to bring his experience to Webster Parish schools.
"School Improvement training was provided to me during my time overseas with Department of Defense schools," Dozier said. "I was taught how to work with students and implement programs that ensure kids succeed."
Dozier said this specialized training will aid in seeing goals of academic success become a reality for Webster Parish.
"Good teaching gets good results," Dozier said. "To get good teaching, you have to focus instruction on what kids need to learn. It really is a simple solution: teach kids what they don't know."
Dozier often repeated the phrase: 'Teach kids what they don't know' during the selection process, and he said the slogan is the main concept of the specialized training he received.
"The team goal is to ensure academic success for students," he said. "We can accomplish that by bringing up test scores."
Dozier went on to say he will work diligently with excising staff to include them on his team, and he will have an open door policy that will apply to everyone.
"Rest assured, I will work diligently with all stakeholders to continue to provide the quality education Webster Parish expects," he said.
Meetings with principals have been planned to take place this week, along with other processes of information dissemination that will acclimate Dozier to Webster Parish and Webster Parish to Dozier.
"I want to assure people that we are together on this quest for academic success," he said.
The next school board meeting will be held Tuesday, August 30.