LAFAYETTE — Another Lafayette Parish School System employee and the founding director of Acadian Ambulance’s National EMS Academy are among those now vying for the district’s top schools job.
Scott Middle School Principal John Pate is the third system employee to apply for the chance to replace Burnell Lemoine, who plans to retire when his contract ends in December.
Jay B. Pierret left Acadian Ambulance earlier this year to start a consulting business.
As of early Monday evening, 31 people had applied for the position since the application period opened on Aug. 1.
The application period closed at midnight.
The School Board will select 10 applicants to be interviewed next month. After the initial interviews, three will be selected for additional interviews and visits will be made to their respective school districts.
The board tentatively plans to select a new superintendent on Dec. 7.
The most recent applicants are as follows:
• Jason Robert Case, of Wesson, Miss., who holds a master’s in educational administration from Jackson State University. Since 2006, he has been owner and president of Educational Services and Consultant.
Last year, he worked as a middle school administrator for the Hazelhurst City School District and from 2009 to 2010 was an assistant principal at Laurel Middle School.
• Pat Cooper, of New Orleans, who holds a doctorate in administration from the University of Northern Colorado and a master’s degree in special education and a specialist of education degree in special education administration, both from LSU.
Since 2007, Cooper has worked as president and chief executive officer of the Early Childhood and Family Learning Foundation. From 1997 to 2007, he was superintendent of the McComb School District in Mississippi.
• Chanel Howard-Veazy, of Mesquite, Texas, who holds a master’s in educational administration and supervision from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and superintendent certification in the state of Texas.
Since 2010, she has been principal of Fred Florence Middle School in Dallas and from 2007 to 2010 was principal at Thomas Tolbert Elementary in Dallas.
• Pate, of Lafayette, holds a doctorate degree in education administration and foundations from Illinois State University, an education specialist degree in education administration from Western Illinois University and a master’s degree in school administration from Nova University.
He joined the local school system in 2008 as principal of Scott Middle. From 2002 to 2007, he worked for the Riverview Community Consolidated School District as “school superintendent/principal.”
• Pierret, of Lafayette, holds a master of business administration from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He began working for Acadian Ambulance in 2003, serving as vice president of business development and director and business manger of its National EMS Academy.
Prior to his employment at Acadian, he was vice president of sales for TAB US Inc., an information technology services company.
• Maria Pitre-Martin, of Holly Springs, N.C., holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from Texas A&M University and a master’s in organizational communication from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Since 2009, she has worked with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction first as a regional lead coordinator and this year became director of curriculum and instruction. From 2006 to 2008, she was assistant superintendent for instructional service of 15 middle schools in East Baton Rouge.
• Art Stellar of Hingham, Mass., holds a Ph.D. from Ohio University. Stellar has more than 25 years as a school superintendent, but did not cite specific school districts in his submitted application materials.
Until last month, he worked as superintendent of Burke County Public Schools in North Carolina, when the local school board voted to buy him out of the final two years of his contract, according to an online news article by The Morganton News Herald.