Dr. Roy L. Higgins named Principal of BCCY / Riverside Alternative High School
Riverside Alternative High School at Bridge City Center for Youth has a new principal. Dr. Roy L. Higgins recently assumed leadership of the high school, bringing 21 years of experience in education to the position.
Dr. Higgins is a native of Monroe, LA and holds several degrees from Grambling State University, including a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Certificate in Special Education, Master of Science in Elementary Education and Plus 30, and the Certificate in Educational Administration. He holds a Doctorate in Education (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, SC.
Dr. Higgins comes to OJJ from the Charlotte-Mecklenberg School District in North Carolina, where he served in a number of positions, including assistant principal at an elementary school and a middle school, site administrator/principal at an alternative school and district-level hearing officer. He returned to Louisiana as principal of Capitol Middle School in Baton Rouge for the 2008-09 school year, but was asked to return to Charlotte, NC the following year as a site administrator of an alternative school. Wanting to be closer to home, Dr. Higgins interviewed and was selected this spring for the principal’s position at BCCY.
“I am very pleased to bring Dr. Roy Higgins to Bridge City,” said Dr. Mary Livers. “Our youth will be well served by his vast amount of experience and expertise. We look forward to great things from Riverside Alternative High School with Dr. Higgins at the helm.”
“I believe in the team concept and the collaborative approach,” said Dr. Higgins. “My overall objective is to build a team that will be representative of the whole campus, bringing together OJJ teachers, SSD teachers, para-educators and case managers, to provide the best education possible for our youth. We will focus on research-based, proven practices, such as Response to Intervention (RTI), to address the individual educational needs of all students, using the Pyramid of Interventions (POI).”
“We are planning to hold focus groups with the students, and also with the teachers and para-educators, as well as mixed focus groups that will include both students and educators, so that each group can express themselves and we can find out how to better serve the students,” Dr. Higgins said. “When people are on board with the programs, and we achieve consensus among all students and staff, people will give their all when they have played a role in creating the programs, by way of having input into the process.”
“Bridge City will also have its own graduation ceremonies,” Dr. Higgins continued. “When youth work so hard to achieve their GEDs, they should be recognized on their own campus.”
Dr. Higgins is married to Salomeia Yvette Martin Higgins, a registered nurse and graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge. He has two sons, Jabari Jocef Higgins, 21, a mechanical and industrial engineering student at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, NC, and Naeem Jabez Higgins, 15, a high school sophomore in Charlotte, NC.