LAFAYETTE — The applicant pool for Lafayette Parish School System superintendent has reached a dozen at the close of the fourth week of the application period.

Former New Orleans Recovery School District charter school director William E. Butler applied for the job earlier this week.

Butler now lives in Pine Bluff, Ark., and was most recently employed as an interim science specialist at the Math and Science STEM Center with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and Arkansas Department of Education.

Between October 2006 and September 2008, Butler managed 17 charter schools in New Orleans’ Recovery School District for the Louisiana Department of Education.

He holds a master’s of education in curriculum and instruction from the University of Memphis, where he also completed post-graduate work in educational leadership and policy studies.

The application period for the job closes Sept. 12, with the School Board paring down the pool to the top 10 for interviews in October. The board plans to choose a new superintendent by Dec. 7. Current Superintendent Burnell Lemoine’s contract ends Dec. 31, and he plans to retire.

Feedback from the public generated in forums will help shape the questions asked of the 10 candidates.

The remaining public forums on the superintendent search will be held at:

• 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at Lafayette High.

• 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at Acadiana High.

• 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Northside High.

• 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, Comeaux High.

To participate in an online survey on desired qualifications for the new superintendent, and express system needs, visit:

To view a copy of the district’s online advertisement for the position, visit: