After 50 years, Hazel Sellers, a long time worker in education says good bye.
Once named the first female head coach in the state of Louisiana, she’s a person who never backed down from a fight.
When the time came for her to take over as the Superintendent for Morehouse Parish she didn’t turn away.
“I wanted to meet the challenge,” Sellers said.
However, after working in different roles in education, with this job she’s faced something she’s never faced before.
“Politics became a whole [different] animal,” Sellers said.
As Sellers steps down, the person who fills her seat will be facing the same challenges.
“He or she will definitely have to be up for the task,” resident, Charles Bradford, said.
There’s one big problem people say is hanging over the parish right now.
“Our inability to attract and retain highly qualified, certified and very good teachers,” Morehouse Junior High Principal, Alvin Williams, said.
“We’re fighting all of the odds,” Sellers said.
“We have many teachers that live here in Morehouse Parish but they choose to drive 30 minutes away because of the salary difference in Monroe City and Ouachita Parish,” Williams said.
A rash of recent incidents involving student and teacher safety will be enough to give the new Superintendent a full plate.
“I know whoever takes this job will have to sit down and think long and hard about how they’re going to work with this,” Sellers said.
The search to find the next Morehouse Parish School Board Superintendent has officially begun.
Sellers officially steps down June 30, 2018.