Shreveport principal gets BESE appointment
BATON ROUGE - A Shreveport elementary school principal has been named to Louisiana's top school board to temporarily fill the unexpired term of Walter Lee, who resigned amid legal problems.
Mary Johnson Harris, principal of highly rated South Highlands Elementary Magnet School, was named Monday by Gov. Bobby Jindal to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The state school board will next meet from Jan. 13-14, according to BESE's website.
Jindal also called for a primary election on March 28 and general election, if needed, on May 2.
Qualifying for the post is set for Feb. 4-6.
The board sets policies for about 700,000 public school students statewide.