By William Midkiff
On the evening of May 3, the Lincoln Parish School Board had their monthly meeting, during which Phaedra Burks-Blake was recognized as the new principal of Glen View Elementary.
Burks-Blake, who has been in school administration for the past eight years, was selected for the position by a committee of five school board staff members. The committee interviewed seven individuals, but the final decision to hire Burks-Blake was unanimous.
Burks-Blake will be replacing Sheila Nugent, who has taken a position at the Lincoln Parish School System’s office.
Board president Joe Mitcham spoke about their excitement to welcome Burks-Blake back into the parish.
“We’re glad to have her back here,” Mitcham said. ”I told the faculty today with her there at Glen View, ‘We look forward to her staying. She’s back home now, so there’s no sense in going anywhere else.’”
Burks-Blake attended the meeting with her family, and was invited to say a few words regarding her new position.
“When I walked into Glen View, I was welcomed so warmly,” Burks-Blake said. “It felt like I was just at home, so I’m excited to get started.”
The board also recognized the achievements of Melissa Le, an eighth grader at A.E. Phillips who was recently announced as one of Louisiana’s three 2022 Students of the Year.
Toward the end of last year, Le was selected as one of the District Students of the Year. Since then she has competed at both the regional and state levels.
Each competition required a portfolio and an interview in front of a panel. Le also had to write essays at certain levels of competition. Despite the many challenges however, Le managed to place first in the state.
Le has been a very active member of her school and the community, serving as a member of the A.E Phillips choir, student council, National Honors Society, MathCounts program, and many other organizations. She also has run her own business baking macarons, with part of the proceeds being donated to the Methodist Children’s Home.
“Thank you for choosing me as our Lincoln Parish Student of the Year, so that I could go further on to be selected as our state Student of the Year,” Le said. “And thank you for the plaque—it’s very pretty and shiny.”
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