LAFAYETTE — The superintendents of St. Mary and Rapides parish schools are seeking a possible move to Lafayette.
St. Mary Parish Schools Superintendent Donald Aguillard and Rapides Parish Schools Superintendent Gary Jones are now on the list of 24 applicants who had applied for the job as of Friday afternoon.
Monday is the deadline for applications for Lafayette’s top school executive position.
The board will select only 10 applicants for interviews in October and a new superintendent could be selected as soon as Dec. 7 to replace Burnell Lemoine, who retires in December when his contract expires.
Aguillard is a former Lafayette Parish area director and principal.
So far, only two school system employees have applied for the position: deputy superintendent of instructional services Katie Landry and special education lead teacher Deidre Ledbetter.
Ledbetter’s résumé information was not readily available earlier this week. According to her recent application update, she has been employed with the school system for the past five years and lives in New Iberia.
She began her teaching career in 1982 as a special education teacher in Iberia Parish schools, where she worked until 2006. In Iberia Parish, she held administrative positions from 1997-2006, according to her résumé.
The most recent applicants include:
• Aguillard, of Centerville, who holds a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from LSU and an educational specialist degree and a master’s in secondary education, both from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Since 2004, Aguillard has worked as St. Mary Parish’s superintendent, and he began his career as a teacher at Acadiana High School in late 1975. His prior administrative positions in Lafayette include assistant principal at Acadiana High School, principal of Carencro High, area director and director of management information systems.
• Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Floyd L. Carpenter, of Clifton, Va., who holds master’s degrees in national security studies from the National War College in Washington, D.C., and in industry and technology from Texas A&M University.
For the past four years, Carpenter commanded the 8th Air Force and Task Force 204 at Barksdale Air Force Base. There he directed 36,000 personnel in support of nuclear deterrence and global strike operations and managed a budget of $21 million, according to his résumé.
Carpenter retired in August, according to the U.S. Air Force’s website.
• Jones of Alexandria holds an educational doctorate from the University of Louisiana at Monroe, a master’s of strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Penn., and a master’s and master’s plus 30 degree, also from ULM.
Since 2003, he’s worked as superintendent of Rapides Parish schools and prior to that was superintendent in Claiborne Parish from 1999 to 2003. He began his career as a teacher in 1971 for Monroe City Schools and started his administrative career in 1978. Positions held include: assistant principal, principal, director of secondary education and assistant to the superintendent.
• Maurice D. Ware of Springfield, Mich., who is a doctoral student in educational leadership and holds a master’s degree in counselor education, both at Western Michigan University.
Ware works as executive director of educational support services for Battle Creek Public Schools. He also has three years of experience as director of alternative education for the Battle Creek district. He has eight years of experience as a principal in Battle Creek schools.