LAFAYETTE — Come Wednesday, the Lafayette Parish School Board could push along its superintendent search process with approval of an advertisement and timeline on replacing outgoing superin-tendent Burnell Lemoine.
Lemoine’s contract expires Dec. 31. A tentative timeline that awaits board approval Wednesday has a superintendent selection completed by Dec. 7.
Two of the three members of the board’s search committee, Mark Allen Babineaux and Hunter Beasley, met Thursday to iron out what to present to the board in order to begin accepting applications on Aug. 1.
Wednesday’s agenda will also include discussion on a proposal for community feedback via forums — one at each high school — to gauge the qualities the public wants in the new school district leader.
Trained volunteers who served as group discussion leaders during the board’s master facilities planning process in 2009-10 would be recruited to help lead survey discussions focused on superintendent qualifications, said Angela Simoneaux, the school system’s marketing and student recruitment coordinator.
A survey will also be available online.
During Thursday’s committee meeting, Beasley pushed for public involvement to extend beyond the forums and into the interview process.
Beasley said he’d like to see outside groups represented on a selection or interview committee.
“The board consistently takes recommendations from groups,” Beasley said, noting a recent recommendation by a citizens advisory committee about a bond issue and tax millage for the facilities master plan.
Babineaux expressed concern that outside involvement in the selection process may present a legal issue. He said the recommendations could be construed as diluting the board’s vote and its state-appointed authority to select the superintendent.
The board cannot delegate its responsibility, he said.
Babineaux said he’ll seek a legal opinion on the matter.