BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — On July 1, the former Cristo Rey Baton Rouge Franciscan High School has officially changed its name and announced new leadership.
The school’s new name is Franciscan High School (FHS). The school is sponsored by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady. School officials said classes begin Aug. 15, and already have 165 students enrolled for the fall semester.
In a news release from February, the school said it decided to not renew its contract with Cristo Rey because the network’s standards did not align with the school’s needs. Officials said FHS will continue its Catholic education and add a related work-study program to get low-resource students ready for college. FHS will also maintain Franciscan values to be sponsors for the gospel message.
The school will also be welcoming new leadership members for this school year. School officials said Dr. Ivan Earls has been named principal, Erica Walker has been named assistant principal, and Councilman Rowdy Gaudet will be a member of the administration as vice president of mission integration.
“We are extremely excited to begin a new school year as Franciscan High School and with a sound leadership team in place,” said Franciscan High School President Eric Engemann. “We remain humbled by the continued support of the community, and are reaffirming our commitment to preparing students for a life of faith, purpose and service.”
Engemann said Dr. Earls comes to FHS from Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory High School in Houston, Texas. Walker was in charge of admissions at Cristo Rey Franciscan High and also served in leadership positions at local Catholic schools. Councilman Gaudet was the managing director at Emergent Method and had served as assistant chief administrative officer for the mayor’s office.