The Lafayette Parish School Board agreed Wednesday that it will interview three applicants for the job of superintendent and will meet again next week to decide who makes the cut.
The board will meet at 7 p.m. April 9 to make its top three choices for the interviews. The job opening has attracted applications from 12 educators from Louisiana and other states, including Texas, New Jersey, Wyoming and New York. Several of the applicants also applied for other superintendent jobs in the state and a few are still candidates for open superintendent jobs in Pointe Coupee Parish and East Feliciana Parish.
A tentative date for the interviews has been set for 5:30 p.m. April 22.
Board president Tommy Angelle said some applicants may not have met all the preferred job requirements; however, the names of those applicants were not shared with the board nor released Wednesday evening.
Assistant human resources director Suzanne Thibodeaux clarified that all the applicants are qualified for the job, though not all of the applicants met the preferred job requirements. Some of those requirements include at least five years’ teaching experience and five years’ administrative experience, she said.
Thibodeaux said she will provide board members information on which candidates meet the preferred job requirements.
Board members briefly discussed public involvement in the interview process. The board seemed to agree the interviews should be open to the public. Angelle also suggested the public submit questions to the board, and board members could decide whether or not to use them.
The 12 applicants are: Carlos Sam, associate superintendent of East Baton Rouge Parish schools; Chad E. Broussard, a Louisiana native who heads St. Anthony High School in Jersey City, New Jersey; Donna Alleman, of Pierre Part, director of academic services for the Louisiana School for the Deaf and Visually Impaired; Mathew Neal, of Rock Springs, Wyoming, the former superintendent of Sweetwater County School District No. 1; Donald Aguillard, of Lafayette, superintendent of St. Mary Parish schools; Hamilton Brock, principal of Baker Alternative Learning Center; Joanie Y. Hudson, an education consultant from Cleburne, Texas; Sheila Guidry, Louisiana Department of Education chief of staff for finance; Victoria Miles, director of federal programs for the Keller (Texas) Independent School District; Francis Touchet Jr., of Abbeville, a state Department of Education regional network team leader; Curt Green, interim East Feliciana High School principal; and Ayinde Rudolph, former associate transportation director of three community schools in Buffalo, New York.
The board plans to select a new superintendent by the end of May — ahead of interim superintendent Burnell LeJeune’s retirement this summer.
Also on Wednesday, the board approved a resolution asking for legislative intervention in the session that starts April 13 to prevent dedicated tax revenues from being calculated in per pupil funding for charter schools. The resolution specifically calls on state Sen. Page Cortez, R-Lafayette, to draft legislation that would exclude dedicated tax revenues from per pupil funding calculations for charter schools and prohibit any reduction of a local public school board’s per pupil funding for distribution to charter schools.
During the meeting, the board approved hiring NCAL Complete Lawn Care, which submitted a bid of $82,950 to refurbish the football fields at Comeaux, Acadiana and Carencro high schools. Other companies vying for the job were Geo Surfaces at $89,250 and Sports Turf Specialist at $87,600.
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