Christman leaves Delta Charter School

Published 12:04 am Monday, July 13, 2015

FERRIDAY — Clovis Christman, Delta Charter School’s first headmaster, is leaving the school.

Christman accepted a job teaching in the Rapides Parish School District at Bolton High School in Alexandria, La.

“It was a very difficult decision,” Christman said. “I’ve been here since the beginning.”

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However, Christman said he and his wife, Tawney, prayed about the decision.

“I thought it was the right thing for myself and my family, so I took the position,” Christman said.

The Delta Charter Board of Trustees found out about Christman’s decision last week. Craig Jackson, one of the school’s founders and board members, said he is sad to see Christman go, but Christman said he felt he was being led by God to make this choice.

“I didn’t feel like I could really argue with him,” Jackson said.

Jackson said Bolton has a high dropout rate. He said Christman wants to help fix the school.

“He’s passionate about what he does and he does things for the right reasons,” Jackson said.

Christman was Delta Charter’s first headmaster, serving under the title of Director/CEO and beginning his time when the school opened in 2012. In the past three years, the school has grown from 330 students to 462 expected in the upcoming school year.

It’s the only real change Christman said he’s seen in the school.

“We started off good, and we’re still good,” Christman said.

During his time as headmaster, Christman said he’s enjoyed working together with his staff and the school board.

“We listened to each other, we talked to each other and we made decisions together,” Christman said. “It’s just been a really good experience in all respects.”

Christman said he will also miss Delta Charter’s “great student body.”

“I’ll miss the whole total package,” Christman said.

Jackson said the school board is considering its options when it comes to finding a replacement for Christman. The board is looking into whether or not they will hire one or several administrators for the new year.

One option is to hire an additional principal or two to help with the growing school.

“It’s a very fluid situation,” Jackson said. “We’re going to make sure that we get our bases covered.”

The board is currently interviewing applicants. Monica Miller, Delta Charter’s assistant principal, is the leading administrative official at the school until Christman’s last day on July 17.

“We’re going to miss it greatly, but we wish the school well as it continues to serve the educational needs of the children,” Christman said.