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J. Wallace James Elementary School

Principal Position

Prairie Elementary School


Lafayette Parish School Board


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The Times of Acadiana - Acadiana's Weekly Newspaper

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But that's probably moot to Prairie's Principal Dana Schmershal and people of her ilk, those who likely talk about "discipline victories" over martinis more often than educational ones.

A Newsletter Published by

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Dana Schmersahl, principal of Prairie Elementary in Lafayette. She said, "It is exciting to see so

J. Wallace James Principal Dana ...

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J. Wallace James Principal Dana Schmersahl said she is thrilled to have the students working on her campus.

"I know when our students come back, they are really going to see a difference," she said.

Children rise to the level of ...

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Children rise to the level of expectations," principal Dana Schmershal said.

It is the parish's only school to receive a high-performing, high-poverty school distinction from the Louisiana Department of Education. At the beginning of this school year, 49.3 percent of James' students were white, 45.9 were black and the rest were other minorities. About 64.7 percent qualified for free or reduced lunch.
Schmershal left her principal position at Prairie Elementary School to open James in 2002.
She hand-picked 75 percent of the staff. The other 25 percent came from teachers displaced from St. Antoine and the old James.
"I love change and I thought it would be exciting to be at the first School of Choice school," Schmershal said.
Along with learning about arts in core classes, students choose a "major" such as dance, visual arts, piano, strings, band, drama or vocal music.
"We had teachers coming into a whole new situation and they were really pioneers," Schmershal said.

{ J.W. James Elementary Contact Information :: Lafayette Parish School System :: Louisiana }

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Principal, Mrs. Dana Schmersahldhschmersahl@lpssonline.com

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