Superintendent Donald Aguillard selected two Lafayette Parish administrators for new top management positions.
Meanwhile, other new or merged administrative positions remain to be filled.
On Monday, Aguillard announced the appointments of Annette Samec as his chief academic officer and Joe Craig as his chief administrative officer. The two positions replace the current assistant superintendent position held by Sandra Billeaudeau that was created by former Superintendent Pat Cooper in early 2012.
The reorganization plan also eliminates the director of academics position and three academic officer jobs.
Aguillard’s reorganization plan replaces those jobs with a director of elementary schools and a director of middle and high schools. Those jobs, as well as a new district planning administrator position charged with developing instructional strategies for the district and special projects such as a comprehensive rezoning plan, are open to applicants until next week.
Aguillard said Monday that those positions could be filled by July 1.
Human resources director Bruce Leininger said the employees in certificated educational positions whose jobs were eliminated can choose to return to the classroom to teach or apply for any open administrative positions they’re qualified for.
Samec and Craig will start their new jobs effective June 15.
Aguillard said the two administrators stood out because of their experience as “strong instructional leaders.”
Aguillard worked with both educators during his tenure in Lafayette Parish prior to becoming superintendent of St. Mary Parish schools in 2004. Samec was an assistant principal at Carencro High when Aguillard was principal there, and he and Craig worked together as assistant principals at Acadiana High.
The salary of the chief academic officer position held by Samec is $109,689, and the salary of the chief administrative officer position held by Craig is $101,226.
Samec has 33 years of experience, with 14 years in the classroom teaching physical education and math. She served as an assistant principal at Carencro High for eight years and principal of the high school for nine years. For the past two years, she’s served as principal at Alice Boucher Elementary. She holds a bachelor of science degree in education from State University of New York, a master of arts from Southwest Texas State University and a specialist endorsement from the former USL, now University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
In April, Craig moved from his position as principal of Comeaux High School to the central office as director of career and technical education and schools of choice. He was principal at Comeaux for 10 years and also served as assistant principal at Carencro Middle and Acadiana High School. He started his educational career as a science teacher at Paul Breaux Middle in 1990 during the dry job market created by the oil bust. He holds a bachelor of animal science degree from Purdue University and a master’s degree in wildlife and fisheries from LSU. He returned to college to earn another bachelor of science degree in education and also holds a specialist endorsement in instruction and supervision from UL-Lafayette.
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