LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Parish School Board is scheduled to vote at 6 p.m. Tuesday on the top 10 applicants seeking to replace Superintendent Burnell Lemoine, who plans to retire at the end of the year when his contract expires.
Tuesday’s special School Board meeting will feature 26 qualified candidates out of 32 applicants, with each board member voting for his or her top 10 candidates to be interviewed for the job, Mark Allen Babineaux said.
On Monday, Babineaux was working with Central Office staff on logistics for the board’s votes to be displayed publicly since it’s unlikely that the board’s electronic meeting system will manage the tasks.
“I think the easiest way would be to do a hand vote and transfer it to an Excel file so the public can see what the vote is,” Babineaux said.
Interviews were scheduled to begin later this month and a new superintendent could be selected as early as Dec. 7, the tentative date for the School Board to select a new leader.
The School Board allows two representatives from the 100 Black Men of Greater Lafayette and the Lafayette Public Education Stakeholders Council to sit in on the interviews and recommend their top choices.
At its 5:30 p.m. regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, the School Board may receive further clarification from Baton Rouge attorney Bob Hammonds, who in a recent legal opinion, discouraged the School Board from allowing non-board members to cast votes in its superintendent selection process.
Applications for the superintendent job closed on Sept. 12. However, the School Board waited until the results of public forums and an online survey related to the search were analyzed by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette communications department.
The feedback, which School Board members received Saturday in a 30-page report, will be used by board members as they narrow the pool of applicants, Babineaux has said.
The new superintendent’s priorities should be improving the management of financial and human resources; improving student performance, particularly in reading, science and math; and quality of life and improving community relations, according to the report.
Applicants for the Lafayette Parish superintendent post include sitting superintendents and current and former Lafayette Parish school system employees. Here’s the list of the 26 candidates who will be considered Tuesday:
e_SBlt Don Aguillard, of Centerville, St. Mary Parish school superintendent.
e_SBlt Wayne Alexander, of Old Lyme, Conn., director and special education teacher for Hartford public schools.
e_SBlt Herman Brister, of Port Allen, chief academic officer for East Baton Rouge Parish schools.
e_SBlt William E. Butler, of Pine Bluff, Ark., formerly interim science specialist at the Math and Science STEM Center.
• Pat Cooper, of New Orleans, president and chief executive officer of the Early Childhood and Family Learning Foundation.
• Craig A. Fiegel, of Novi, Mich., superintendent of Canton Community schools.
• Walter Gonsoulin Jr., of Starkville, Miss., assistant superintendent of federal programs and operations for the Starkville School District.
• Luis Gonzales, of Harrisburg, Pa., superintendent and chief executive officer of Central Dauphin School District in Harrisburg, Pa.
• Arthur D. Gottlieb, of Queensbury, N.Y., adjunct professor of biology at the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, Vt., and an adjunct professor of education at SUNY-Plattsburgh, Queensbury.
• Sheila Guidry, of Prairieville, executive director of the Louisiana Department of Education’s School Turnaround Office.
• Chanel Howard-Veazy, of Mesquite, Texas, principal of Fred Florence Middle School in Dallas.
• Gail Jackson-Mitchell, of Orangeburg, S.C., executive director of curriculum and instruction for Allendale County schools.
• Gary Jones, of Alexandria, superintendent of Rapides Parish schools.
• Katie Landry, of Lafayette, Lafayette Parish school system deputy superintendent of instructional services.
• Deidre Ledbetter, of New Iberia, Lafayette Parish school system special-education teacher.
• Charles S. Michel, of Metairie, special-education supervisor of Lafourche Parish schools.
• John Pate, of Lafayette, principal of Scott Middle School.
• Maria Pitre-Martin, of Holly Springs, N.C., North Carolina Department of Public Instruction director of curriculum and instruction.
• Karl Reichman, of Jackson, president and owner of SAGE Educational Consulting.
• Deborah J. Rives, of Avondale Estates, Ga., south region field service general manager for Pearson Inc.
• Ronald James Simmons, of Rochester, Minn., assistant principal at Century High School in Rochester.
• Richard Sloakner, of Elverson, Pa., math, business and technology education supervisor for Marple Newton School District in Newton Square, Pa.
• Camacia Smith-Ross, of New Orleans, consultant and author.
• Art Stellar, of Hingham, Mass., former superintendent of Burke County (N.C.) public schools.
• Maurice D. Ware, of Springfield, Mich., executive director of educational support services for Battle Creek public schools.
• Stanley S. Wooden, of Dallas, instructor at the School Community Guidance Center and instructional lead teacher at Skyline Evening School in Dallas.