The Ascension Parish School Board has adopted a timeline for its search for a new superintendent, with the second round of interviews of the finalist candidates set for the week of June 6.

The date for offering a candidate a contract is still to be decided, but the board hopes to have a new superintendent hired by July.

At its meeting Tuesday, the School Board approved the timeline it worked out in committee last month with Ray and Associates of Iowa, the search firm hired to help the board find the next superintendent in the wake of Patrice Pujol’s retirement in February.

The board will be advertising the position nationally and has posted on its website at, through April 11, a survey on desired characteristics of the next superintendent that residents can fill out anonymously. Print forms of the survey are available in the schools for people who would like to mail it directly to Ray and Associates; the address will be available at the schools.

Also at Tuesday’s meeting, the School Board’s athletic committee heard a proposal from Edith Walker, director of middle schools, that the School Board provide a stipend, in addition to teacher pay, for an athletic trainer to work with the coaches at all eight middle schools.

The stipend would come to $4,000 annually for the certified teacher hired for the job, if the board approves the proposal.

The trainer, Walker said, would provide guidance and support to middle school coaches on student-athlete health and fitness and provide support for injury assessment and injury care, as well as provide coverage at middle school football events.

The board’s athletic committee voted to send the proposal to the policy committee. If it’s approved, Walker said after the meeting, the school district would be looking for a teacher certified in athletic training in addition to academic certification.

“That comes first,” Walker said of the academic qualifications for classroom teaching.