The St. Mary Parish School Board has selected Leonard Armato as the parish’s new superintendent.

Armato, the school system’s special education supervisor, has 19 years of administrative experience and 10 years of teaching experience. He replaces Don Aguillard, who started work as superintendent in Lafayette Parish on May 18.

Prior to Armato’s appointment Monday, Teresa Bagwell served as interim superintendent of St. Mary schools.

Armato began his teaching career in St. Mary Parish as a special education/resource teacher at Patterson High School in 1986.

In 1996, he became an assistant principal at the high school, and then he was principal at Hattie Watts Elementary from 2000 to 2003 before moving to the central office supervising the special education department.

He holds a master’s of education degree plus 30 hours from Nicholls State University.

Armato was one of 10 educators who applied for the position. KATC-TV reported the board had narrowed the field to two finalists: Armato and James Gray, director of school leadership for Vermilion Parish Schools.