Lafayette Superintendent Donald Aguillard to address Acadiana Press Club _lowres

Advocate file photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Lafayette Parish Schools Superintendent Don Aguillard

Lafayette Parish Superintendent Donald Aguillard will discuss his new role as the parish’s top educational leader and his plans for the upcoming academic year during the Acadiana Press Club’s Newsmaker Forum at noon Monday.

The School Board unanimously selected Aguillard as superintendent on May 18. He previously served as superintendent for St. Mary Parish Schools for 11 years.

Aguillard replaced Burnell LeJeune, who retired this summer after serving as interim superintendent following former Superintendent Pat Cooper’s termination in November 2014.

Aguillard manages the district’s $425 million budget and a staff of more than 3,500 employees over 43 campuses that serve more than 30,000 students.

Aguillard will discuss his future plans for the school system, aging facilities and recent personnel appointments, and he will field questions from the club’s membership.

The Bus Stop Food Truck will be on-site for lunch. Those interested in attending are encouraged to arrive by 11:45 a.m. to grab lunch before the forum starts.

The lunch forum and membership in the Acadiana Press Club are open to journalists, media professionals, public relations professionals, public information officers, communication professors and students, retired journalists, civic and political leaders and the general public.

The Acadiana Press Club forum is held the third Monday of the month at The Daily Advertiser in the community room, 1100 Bertrand Drive.