OPELOUSAS — The attorney for the St. Landry Parish School Board recommended the board finalize a process for selecting a new superintendent no later than Dec. 1.
Attorney Bob Hammonds said Thursday there are several factors the board should consider before deciding how to replace the current superintendent, Edward Brown.
“You want to make sure that someone can challenge the person that (the board) has chosen instead of criticizing the selection process,” Hammonds said.
The board last month voted not to renew Brown’s contract, which is scheduled to expire Dec. 31. None of the board members at that meeting indicated why Brown should not receive a one-year contract extension.
Hammonds said the board should consider that Brown can remain as superintendent until the end of 2016 unless Brown chooses to resign or retire from the system where he has worked for 42 years. Brown earns a base annual salary of $128,000.
“You’re in a good position, since you have at least 60 and a maximum of 90 days before you should begin the start to do something,” Hammonds said.
He discussed issues such as properly advertising for a new superintendent, listing what qualifications the board thinks the superintendent should possess, whether the need for hiring a search firm is necessary, and providing a salary range in the advertisement.
Employing a search firm does not always provide the best route for selecting the most qualified superintendent, Hammonds said.
“I recommend that you do not bring in a search firm,” he said. “Often these firms have names of people who have not been successful in other places. They have the names of people who have failed somewhere else and now those persons are getting sent to St. Landry.”
The board took no action on the matter.
In a separate matter Thursday, the board voted 9-3 to approve a one-year general maintenance contract with Star Services Inc.
Representatives from Star Services, Cenergistic and Johnson Controls made presentations to the board at a special meeting June 12 and proposed how each company would help the district in saving energy at school facilities.
Hazel Sias, Milton Ambres and Anthony Standberry voted no. Candace Gerace was absent from the meeting.