LAFAYETTE — The first of six planned feedback forums on the search for a new schools superintendent is set for Aug. 18.

The forum is set for 6 p.m. at David Thibodaux Career and Technical High School, the Lafayette Parish schools marketing and Student Recruitment coordinator, Angela Simoneaux, told the superintendent search committee Tuesday.

Dates for the forums planned for each of the five other high schools are still being worked out with principals, Simoneaux told committee members.

The feedback sessions are designed for the board to gather the public’s opinion on desired qualifications in the next superintendent.

The committee met Tuesday to hash out the process for paring down applicants. The application period for the district’s top schools post opens Monday and closes Sept. 12.

The board plans to have a superintendent in place prior to the expiration of Superintendent Burnell Lemoine’s contract on Dec. 31.

The committee includes School Board members Tommy Angelle, Hunter Beasley and board President Mark Allen Babineaux.

The committee recommendations will be presented to the board at its Aug. 3 meeting.

If more than 10 applications are received, the board will select 10 candidates for interviews.

As part of the interview process, the committee proposed that candidates devise a PowerPoint presentation on their vision for the school system.

After interviews, board members will select their top three and visit those candidates’ districts.

The three candidates will also face another round of questioning, this time from the public. The tentative date for the public question-and-answer session is Nov. 30.

After the public forum, the committee recommended that the board select its top two finalists before taking a final vote on Dec. 7.