LAFAYETTE — The search for a new school superintendent has now gone local.
New applicants include Lafayette Parish Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Services Katherine Landry, who is a graduate of Lafayette Parish schools and has worked for the past 42 years in the system.
Another Lafayette Parish school system employee, special-education teacher Deidre Ledbetter, has initiated the application process.
Because Ledbetter has not completed the process, her résumé was unavailable Tuesday.
Another candidate with ties to Lafayette and Acadiana has submitted his application: Walter Gonsoulin Jr., a former University of Louisiana at Lafayette College of Education assistant professor, who began his career in Iberia and St. Martin Parish schools.
Gonsoulin is employed in Starkville, Miss., as an assistant superintendent.
The job posting has attracted retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Dirk Hébert, who manages Navy Junior ROTC programs in Florida schools.
With Ledbetter’s application, the field of applicants grows to 20. Only 10 will be selected by the School Board for interviews.
The School Board actively began its search last month and plans to name a new superintendent in December before the retirement of current Superintendent Burnell Lemoine.
The application period for the job ends on Sept. 12. The list of new candidates with completed applications includes:
• Gonsoulin, of Starkville, Miss., who holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Mississippi State and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Southern University.
Since 2007, he has worked as assistant superintendent of federal programs and operations for the Starkville School District. While an assistant professor at ULL from 2001 to 2007, he also worked as a diversity training consultant.
He began his career as a teacher in Iberia and St. Martin Parish schools and worked as principal of St. Martinville Junior High.
• Hébert, of New Smyrna, Fla., who holds master’s degrees in management from Salve Regina University and foreign affairs from the Naval War College, both of Newport, R.I. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Tulane.
Hébert has spent the past eight years as the district manager of Florida Navy Junior ROTC programs that are in 56 high schools. Prior to that position, he worked as a senior operations officer on the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman and at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia.
• Landry, of Lafayette, who holds an educational specialist degree in educational administration and supervision and a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision, both from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
She has worked 42 years of experience with the Lafayette Parish School System, including 12 as a classroom teacher and 19 as a principal.
In 2003, she became an area director of schools and in 2007 was named deputy superintendent.