The Livingston Parish School Board will hold a special meeting June 9 to interview four candidates who applied to be the district’s next superintendent.

The board hopes to announce a successor to retiring Superintendent John Watson before July 1. Watson’s last day will be June 30.

Board President Malcolm Sibley said at the end of Thursday’s regular meeting that the board will meet at 3 p.m. June 9 to interview one internal and three external applicants for the job.

Those applicants are:

— Arronza LaBatt, executive director to the deputy superintendent of schools for Montgomery County Schools in Maryland.

— Elizabeth “Liz” Swinford, superintendent of schools/consultant for the Tuscaloosa County School System in Alabama.

— Mark Torbert, principal at South Terrebonne High School.

— Rick Wentzel, assistant superintendent of school operations for Livingston Parish public schools.

A fifth candidate, Rodriguez Broadnax, superintendent of Esmeralda County School District in Nevada, withdrew his application by email Thursday afternoon.

The board will meet with each candidate for about an hour and a half, breaking for supper between the second and third interviews, Sibley said. Following the same format used in previous applicant interviews, Sibley will ask each candidate 20 questions, then allow other questions from the board.

The order of interviews was determined by randomly drawing names during Thursday’s board meeting: Torbert; LaBatt; Swinford; Wentzel.

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