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Dr. Gerald Dawkins: Final Duties as Superintendent

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As part of his final duties as superintendent  Dr. Gerald Dawkins met with new Caddo Parish teachers during a training session at Southwood High School.

"This is one of the most important jobs I think you can have in this community," Dawkins told teachers.

"I would like to reassure everyone that we are prepared for an outstanding school year"

Dawkins also held his final press conference as superintendent where Education Reporter Eric James asked him about his future plans once he leaves the district.  

 

"I won't say what's next for me but I will say I have enjoyed this experience and certainly there are some exciting things for me around the corner, " said Dawkins.  

It was in early spring when Caddo School Board members voted not to renew Dawkins' contract and just as he prepares to leave,  news is released that under his leadership 10 schools have now been removed from the state "Academically Unacceptable" list and the district is in better academic shape than it has been in years..

"Whether that is vindication or not I don't know, but we knew it could happen and it did happen."

It was five years ago when Dawkins accepted the job as superintendent and came up with a makeover for struggling schools, Vision 20/ 20, but the board didn't fully support the plan.

He said he did what the board wanted him to do, improve the academic status of the district.

"I think the  proof is in the pudding," said Dawkins, who also thanked  all of the teachers, principals, and staff for all of their hard work as well.    

Dawkins last day is Aug. 11.

 

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