At least 11 educators working in Louisiana, New Jersey and Texas have applied to become the next Lafayette Parish schools superintendent.
Interim Superintendent Burnell LeJeune opened envelopes containing the submitted applications Monday afternoon and announced the names and limited information about the applicants to members of the media and School Board member Jeremy Hidalgo and Dawn Morris, board vice president. Additional information about the applicants will be available once the human resources staff blacks out all private information.
Also, it’s possible the number of applicants could grow because the postmark deadline for submissions was Friday.
The board will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday, before its regularly scheduled 5:30 p.m. meeting, to decide on the next steps in the superintendent search, such as whether to interview all the applicants or pare down the list.
The board plans to make its selection by the end of May — ahead of LeJeune’s retirement.
The 11 applicants are:
Carlos Sam, associate superintendent of East Baton Rouge Parish schools and former interim superintendent of East Baton Rouge Parish schools. Sam also applied for and was selected for an interview for the East Feliciana Parish superintendent job.
Chad E. Broussard, a Louisiana native who is the head of 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 and a member of the state’s Special Education Advisory Panel.
Mathew Neal, of Rock Springs, Wyoming, most recently the former superintendent of Sweetwater County School District No. 1. Based on media reports, Neal resigned from his job in Sweetwater County in October, and the school district’s board of trustees approved $105,000 in severance pay. Neal also applied for the East Baton Rouge Parish superintendent job, which was filled earlier this month.
Donald Aguillard, of Lafayette, superintendent of St. Mary Parish schools. He applied for the Lafayette job in 2011 and was a finalist but withdrew his name.
Hamilton Brock, principal of Baker Alternative Learning Center . Brock applied for the East Feliciana Parish job but wasn’t considered because he didn’t fill out the required application.
Joanie Y. Hudson, of Cleburne, Texas, Hudson’s Educational Consulting Services and former administrator with various independent school districts in Texas, including Cedar Hill, Garland and LaMarque.
Sheila Guidry, of Prairieville, Louisiana Department of Education chief of staff for finance. She applied for the Lafayette job in 2011.
Victoria Miles, of Fort Worth, Texas, the director of federal programs for the Keller (Texas) Independent School District. Miles applied for the East Feliciana Parish superintendent job but was disqualified because she didn’t follow application procedures. She also applied for the East Baton Rouge superintendent job.
Francis Touchet Jr., of Abbeville, a state Department of Education regional network team leader and a former Erath High School principal.
Curt Green, interim East Feliciana High School principal.
The last superintendent search was in 2011, and that process, from receipt of applications to final selection, took about two months. At that time, 32 people applied, although only 26 met the job qualifications. The board decided to vote on its top 10 candidates for interviews. From there, three finalists were selected, and board members visited the finalists’ cities to meet with their employers and community members. In December 2011, the board in a 5-4 vote selected Pat Cooper. But eventually, Cooper lost the majority on the board’s support on key initiatives and his personnel decisions. The board voted 7-2 in November to terminate Cooper, whose challenge of that decision is still pending in state district court.
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