Of the 12 educators who have applied for the Lafayette Parish schools superintendent job, only four have prior experience leading a school district and a handful don’t possess the preferred experience outlined in the School Board’s advertisement for the job.
The Lafayette Parish School Board plans to select its top three choices to interview for the job at a 7 p.m. meeting Thursday. Twelve educators applied for the position with various ranges of experience as administrators.
The preferred qualifications include superintendent certification in Louisiana or eligibility for superintendent certification; and a minimum of 10 years of K-12 educational experience, including at least five years as a teacher and at least five years as an administrator. Experience with working with school and district budgets also was desired.
Of the 12 candidates, Donald Aguillard has the most experience as a superintendent, having led St. Mary Parish Schools for 11 years and supervising 26 schools within the district. Aguillard has 39 years’ experience in education, with 28 of those in administration and 11 as a teacher.
Joanie Hudson, an education consultant with prior experience as a school administrator in Texas, has 41 years working in education. She served as a superintendent for eight months for the La Marque Independent School District, which included 12 schools.
The two other applicants with prior experience as superintendents are Carlos Sam and Mathew Neal.
Sam served as interim superintendent of East Baton Rouge Parish School System, which includes 78 schools, for six months in 2012. He has more than 25 years’ experience, including 51/2 years as a teacher.
Neal led a school district with 16 schools for a year in Wyoming before resigning in 2014. He has 18 years of experience as an educator, with three years spent as a teacher He doesn’t hold certification as a superintendent in Louisiana or any other state.
Two other candidates do not possess superintendent certification. They are Chad E. Broussard, of Jersey City, New Jersey, who has a total of 12 years’ experience in education; and Curt Green, interim principal at East Feliciana High School, who has 20 years of experience, with three spent as a teacher.
While not all applicants hold certification in Louisiana, human resources staff informed the board that the applicants appear to be eligible and would need to apply through the Louisiana Department of Education for certification.
Those with out-of-state superintendent certifications include Hudson, the school administrator who worked in Texas; Victoria Miles, who has 32 years’ experience and is director of federal programs for Keller (Texas) Independent School District; and Ayindé Rudolph, who is certified in North Carolina and has 14 years of experience, with four spent as a teacher.
Other applicants include Francis Touchet Jr., of Abbeville, who has 24 years’ experience; Donna Alleman, with 30 years’ experience; Hamilton Brock, with 38 years’ experience; and Sheila Guidry with 22 years of experience.
After the board narrows the field, it plans to interview the top three candidates in a special meeting planned for April 22.
Applicants for the job are also in the running in two other superintendent searches. Alleman and Brock will be interviewed for the Pointe Coupee Parish superintendent position. And in East Feliciana Parish, the School Board there selected Miles and Sam for interviews for its superintendent vacancy.
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Editor’s Note: This story was updated at 11:20 a.m. April 4, 2015, to remove the erroneous statement that candidate Carlos Sam doesn’t hold certification as a superintendent in Louisiana.