Principal swap: Bolton High and R.A.P.P.S. leaders trade places

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Bolton High School and the Rapides Positive Program for Students (R.A.P.P.S) will have new principals at the start of new school year, but they will be familiar faces.

Last week Superintendent Nason Authement decided to make a principal swap. Now Clovis Christman will be the principal at R.A.P.P.S, the alternative program for students in the district. That means that R.A.P.P.S principal Matt Byrnes will be Bolton High School's new principal.

Byrnes was at the RPSB teacher job fairs this week recruiting for his new Bear family.

"I've been at R.A.P.P.S for four years and coming to Bolton is a big change," Byrnes said. "It's a great school and Mr. Christman was there as a great principal, great guy. To be able to come in and be at Bolton it is an honor. It's a prestigious high school with great teachers, great students, faculty, staff, I'm happy to be here."

Christman started at Bolton in August 2015. He said he is ready for his new role.

"I am really excited about being able to go over to R.A.P.P.S. and work with those at risk kids to help them and help develop them more so," Christman said. "One of my goals at R.A.P.P.S. is to be able to change the mindset of the child so that when they return to their home school, they will be wanting to go to school. They will have an interest in education. Really looking forward to the opportunity to work with them."

Executive Assistant Superintendent Kim Bennett said the swap made sense. She said Bolton High School "needed a sweeping change". She said Byrnes did well at R.A.P.P.S. and that Christman has a "calling to help kids".

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