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Ferriday's Delta Charter School names administrator
from The Concordia Sentinel
May 30, 2012 -

Clovis Christman of Monroe has been named administrator for Delta Charter School in Ferriday, while Rudy Hennigan of Robeline will be Curriculum Coordinator for the school that will open in the summer of 2013.

The Board of Elementary & Secondary Education (BESE) has approved the school's 2013 starting date.

"I'm really excited about this opportunity," Christman said. "I'm really looking forward to coming to Concordia Parish and working with the community."

Delta Charter School Board Member Craig Jackson said the school has two "outstanding" leaders.

"We got exactly what we were looking for," Jackson said. "We even put out national feelers, but I'm glad we got two guys from in the state who understand our culture. These two guys really want to make a difference in this area. They have outstanding credentials and are looking forward to being a part of something that will have a positive affect on this area."

Christman, 56, is a graduate if Delhi High School. He received a Master's degree in Education Administration from University of Louisiana at Monroe in December of 2001. He also attended Northwestern State where he earned Specialist in Education Administration.

Christman leaves his job as principal at Holly Ridge Elementary. He has been adjunct professor at Louisiana Tech and ULM and served as principal at Rayville Junior High and assistant principal at Caldwell Parish High. He also taught at Ouachita Parish High and Mangham High.

An Eagle Scout, Christman was named Middle School Principal of the Year for Richland Parish in 2011.

Christman has also served as Associate Pastor of Isabella Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant, Miss., and was pastor at Robinson Baptist Church in Delhi as well as Fellowship Baptist Church and Sandel Drive Baptist Church, both located in Monroe.

"This opportunity in Ferriday presents a lot of flexibility and I'm excited about the projects and programs being put into place," he said. "I like the total package.

"The board members are very refreshing to talk to and I am really excited about getting started. Right now the school exists in the gray matter between my ears. But we are very fortunate to have the facilities we have here. Some charter schools started from very humble beginnings."

Hennigan will also head up Delta Charter School's Project Lead the Way and will teach in the classroom. He is a Project Lead the Way certified instructor.

"Teaching is much more than knowledge of a subject; it must be a passion for reaching students," Hennigan said. "The teacher needs to find the students’ unique qualities and needs and then exploit the qualities as well as fill their needs. In doing this, the teacher will be able enhance each student’s life skills to the point the students will become productive members of society."

Hennigan has 30 hours of graduate work in educational leadership at Northwestern State and a Master of Education from Northwestern. He has taught at Louisiana School for Math, science and the Arts 2000-2011, teaching computer resources, hardware, networking and Introduction to Engineering Design.

"I'm looking forward to working with students who are not getting the quality of education they should be getting," Hennigan said. "My passion is to work with kids who want to learn. There's too much non-education going on in the public schools. When I was working at the Louisiana School we did not have to follow any particular thing. We were able to work with the kids and really educate them. We want to raise the bar and we're looking forward to the students doing just that."

Hennigan said he is anxious to get to work.

"We are somewhat disappointed not being able to open to in 2012, but we knew it would be a rat race and we would be running at 100 miles per hour up to August," Hennigan said. "This way we will be able to open with no real problems."

There will be a meet and greet for Christman and Hennigan on June 7 at 7 p.m. at the new school's multi-purpose room.

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