Two new principals have been named in St. Mary Parish public schools for the 2014-15 school year.
Tim Hymel, Morgan City High School assistant principal and Morgan City city councilman, will take the helm of Berwick Junior High School. He replaces Acting Principal Teresa Bagwell, who recently was named assistant superintendent.
Bagwell takes over when Keith Thibodeaux retires in June.
Hymel taught math and coached athletics at Morgan City High School from 1985 through 2006 and became assistant principal there in 2007. He also taught and coached for a year at Berwick High School.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in communication arts with a business option and a master’s degree in education/supervision, both from Nicholls State University. He also earned a parish/city supervisor of instruction endorsement from Nicholls in 2007.
Meanwhile, Charles Foulcard, current assistant principal at Hattie Watts Elementary in Patterson, will replace retiring J.A. Hernandez Principal Sylvia Lockett in Franklin.
Foulcard was a teacher from 1993-94 and 2006-07. He was named assistant principal at Hattie Watts in 1994, where he remains today.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southern University in Baton Rouge and a master’s degree in administration/supervision from Nicholls.
Superintendent of Schools Donald Aguillard said that as newly hired principals, Hymel and Foulcard will spend the next month working with the schools’ current administration and attending specified trainings regarding implementation of Common Core State Standards and PARCC assessment transition.
Officially, appointments will become effective July 1, in accordance with the district’s administrative calendar and may reflect a school’s particular circumstance, Aguillard said.
A new round of interviews will be scheduled later this month to select replacements for the outgoing assistant principals, he added.
“Both newly appointed administrators will bring a wealth of experience into their new positions that will offer the schools an enhanced capacity to secure continued academic progress,” Aguillard said.