LAFAYETTE — A new Lafayette Parish school superintendent could be selected by Dec. 7, if the School Board follows a proposed timeline under consideration by the board’s search committee.

The three-member committee — all members of the School Board — met for the first time Tuesday afternoon to review how prior boards conducted superintendent searches and discussed the potential timeline.

The full board voted in May to conduct the search itself rather than use a recruiting firm.

Recommendations are expected to come when the committee meets again Thursday.

“We’re reviewing history of what was done in the past and looking at ideas to get as much community involvement as possible,” board President Mark Allen Babineaux said Tuesday.

Board members Hunter Beasley and Tommy Angelle also serve on the search committee, which may bring recommendations to the full board by July 20 on advertising for the position and on a timeline.

The committee discussed a regional search — Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi — and charged Babineaux with gathering information and advertising rates for print and online publications.

The committee also discussed, but took no action on, the potential of getting assistance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in vetting applicants’ credentials, as well as holding community forums to solicit feedback on superintendent qualifications and candidate interview questions.

According to the tentative timeline, the advertisement and application period may begin Aug. 1 and continue through Sept. 12, with interviews potentially beginning Oct. 19.