Posted: Aug 20, 2012 7:20 PM by Alex Labat
Updated: Aug 20, 2012 7:21 PM
You're looking at one of three Lafayette schools deemed 'Academically Unacceptable'. Alice Boucher's newest principal Laniaka Lohnson, however, believes the only thing 'unacceptable', is failure. She knows parents of students at Alice Boucher "are going to see success at, because we are determined to get there. We have a phrase this year that we are 'working together, winning together'...so if we can say one thing about Alice Boucher, it's that we're full of success."
Johnson is the latest in a number of principals chosen to lead these schools in an effort to boost academic performance. Superintendent Pat Cooper thinks students should feel at home, at school.
Cooper says that the Lafayette Parish School Board "wants to treat these children as if they are a member of our family at this school and we don't want to lose any of our family. So we're going to do what is necessary."
Johnson echoes this sentiment as well, and is part of the reason why both the school board, and the teachers at Alice Boucher, chose her to be their new leader.
"I guess I can brag a little bit. I really enjoy being here," says Johnson. "I've bought in to Lafayette Parish and our new vision and where we're going. Our team here is ready and equipped to do that".