Incoming Lafayette Parish Schools Superintendent Don Aguillard

The Lafayette Parish School Board could meet later this week to discuss and potentially approve a contract for its choice for superintendent, Donald Aguillard.

School Board President Tommy Angelle said Tuesday the board might hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Friday to hash out the contract terms and approve a contract for Aguillard, but that plan is pending board member availability.

“I’ve tentatively set it for 5 p.m. on Friday, but I’m not guaranteeing that it will be then because I’d like everybody to be there because it’s an important decision,” Angelle said.

Angelle said he and Aguillard met to discuss contract terms, such as salary range, but there is no existing draft of a contract yet, and the board would work together to agree on terms.

Aguillard’s current total salary as superintendent of St. Mary Parish School System is $187,897 a year, which includes a $1,497 Professional Improvement Program payment and $14,400 from a $1,200 monthly supplement that is part of his contract with that school district.

The Lafayette Parish School Board unanimously selected Aguillard as superintendent on April 22.

Angelle said Aguillard could start the job on May 18, pending contract negotiations.

That start date is a week later than intended. The St. Mary Parish School Board requested Aguillard stay on the job there an additional week, Angelle said.

Aguillard began his teaching career in Lafayette Parish and in 2004 was hired as superintendent in St. Mary Parish.

Based on the most recent salary information available from the Louisiana Department of Education from the 2013-14 school year, he was the ninth highest paid district superintendent in the state when his salary was $187,397. Based on the ranking, Aguillard’s salary in 2013-14 fell right behind former Lafayette Parish superintendent Pat Cooper, who was the eighth highest paid district superintendent with an annual salary of $190,000. In November 2014, the then-board fired Cooper in a 7-2 vote.

Since then, Burnell LeJeune has served as interim superintendent. The promotion for LeJeune, who was previously the school system’s career and technical education and schools of choice director, led to a $50,000 year bump in his salary to $150,000.

Aguillard’s contract in St. Mary Parish includes a $1,200 monthly stipend and $400 a month to maintain his existing life insurance policy.

Follow Marsha Sills on Twitter, @Marsha_Sills.