Feb 6, 2013 4:07 PM by Ian Auzenne

Lavergne Named Principal of STM

The new principal of St. Thomas More High School has been named. Richard Lavergne, the retiring superintendent of schools in St. Martin Parish, will succeed Dr. Audrey Menard. Lavergne's appointment becomes affective July 1.

"I was approached by members of the community who encourage me to apply," Lavergne said. "It's a great school with high ideals, and I felt the opportunity came at the right time in my life to take it."

Lavergne began his education career 39 years ago at Central Catholic of Morgan City, serving as a teacher, coach, athletic director, and assistant principal during his time there. He says he is excited to return to a spiritual educational environment.

"The best part about this is the religious part," he said. "I'm a devout Catholic, and now I can express that. For me, it's a great thing."

Lavergne says he won't experience to much of a transition from the central office back to a school environment and says he's excited to work with students at the school level again. He adds that he's ready for his first day on the new job.

"The first thing I want to do," he says, "is analyze the school. I want to look at the parts that make it really good, and then I want to find the things we can do better."

"I believe in reading, writing, and research, and I want to make sure we implement this at the highest level. I believe in technology, but we can't be totally reliant on it. We must have a personal relationship with students to make sure they are learning."

Outside of the classroom, Lavergne wants to instill the ideals of service into his students. "That's another great part about this job," he says. "I want our students to help and serve others. I want them to be able to do God's work."



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