OPELOUSAS — The St. Landry Parish School Board voted 8-3 on Thursday against renewing the contract of Superintendent Edward Brown.
Brown, who became superintendent in May 2013 after a long career in the St. Landry Parish school system, said after the meeting that he wasn’t totally surprised that the board voted to end his time at the helm.
“I kind of expected this. They say all things come to an end. I can’t complain because St. Landry Parish has been very good to me for 42 years,” he said. “Since I became superintendent, I have had many accomplishments, although I did not accomplish everything that I might have wanted to.”
Brown’s contract is scheduled to conclude at the end of the year, but none of the board members proposed launching a search for a new superintendent.
Brown said he plans to continue working until his contract expires.
“I don’t look at this as being fired; I’ve never been fired from a job in my life, or I have never quit a job. Why this has happened, I have some assumptions. I could speculate, but I would rather not comment,” Brown said.
Board attorney Courtney Joiner said the board had until Sept. 30 to decide whether to renew Brown’s contract. Without action, the contract would have automatically renewed for another year.
Two board members, Candace Gerace and Roger Young, did not attend the meeting.
Prior to the vote, several board members discussed whether to move forward with the matter.
Board member Kyle Boss proposed delaying the vote for at least another month, but his motion was defeated 7-4.
Boss’ motion was triggered by a statement from board member Milton Ambres, who said if Brown’s contract was not renewed, the district should start looking for a new superintendent before the start of the new school year.
“You mean we’re going to be paying two superintendents? Where are we going to get the money to do that?” Boss asked.
Board member Donnie Perron saw no reason to proceed Thursday.
“I don’t know what the rush is. We gave the superintendent an above-average evaluation a few months ago, and we have the end (of a federal desegregation case) coming up. “(Brown) has hired a great group of people for the central office, and this will just set us back, as well as cost us more money,” Perron said.
None of the board members that voted not to renew Brown’s contract voiced any reasons for their votes.
Voting not to renew Brown’s contract were Charles Ross, Milton Ambres, Hazel Sias, Randy Wagley, Albert Hayes, Raymond Cassimere, Mary Ellen Donatto and Anthony Standberry.
Those voting against were Boss, Perron and Huey Wyble.