CLINTON — The East Feliciana Parish School Board agreed Wednesday to add four people to the list of applicants to be interviewed by a superintendent selection committee.
The Orleans Parish School Board voted in January to name East Feliciana Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. as its superintendent, and Lewis said Wednesday the Orleans board is scheduled to vote Tuesday on his contract.
Last week, the East Feliciana School Board said seven of the 12 applicants would be interviewed, after it eliminated three from consideration because their applications were not hand-delivered or sent by certified mail, as specified in the advertisements to replace Lewis.
Board President Michael Bradford said questions later arose because two sent their applications by express mail and one had it delivered by Federal Express.
District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla said he and special School Board attorney Bob Hammonds conferred later and decided the applications were sent through services that provide methods of tracking the applications.
The three are Charles S. Michel, of Metairie; Victoria Miles, of Fort Worth, Texas; and Awonza LaBatt, of Boyd, Maryland.
Michel is special education director for Lafourche Parish schools; Miles is federal programs director for the Keller, Texas, independent school system; and LaBatt is an official of the Montgomery County, Maryland, public school system.
The board also agreed to include LaKesa B. Dixon, of Prairieville, who was eliminated last week because board officials said she lacked state certification as a superintendent, as specified in the advertisements. Dixon’s application says she is academic dean of the Don Bradford Bible College.
Lewis said Louisiana does not require a person to be certified to apply for the position, but an uncertified person can request certification if hired.
“The board is not trying to exclude anybody. We’re trying to make it as open as possible,” D’Aquilla said.
Bradford said the panel — community member David Gradnigo, St. Helena Superintendent Kelli Joseph, West Feliciana Superintendent Hollis Milton and East Feliciana Chamber of Commerce member Martin Macdiarmid — will interview the 11 applicants and submit its choice of the top three applicants for board consideration.
The board voted, 5-4 with three members absent, to add Johnny Arceneaux, director of the Jackson vocational-technical school, to the panel.
Bradford said a timetable for the interviews has not been set.
Lewis’ resignation is effective March 18.
The applicants accepted last week include East Baton Rouge Parish Associate School Superintendent Carlos J. Sam, Zachary school system Operations Chief Patrick D. Jenkins, and De’Ette Perry, secondary education director for the Baker school system.
Mavia Alice Marsalis was the only East Feliciana school system employee who applied. She is the system’s personnel director.
Other applicants are George Noflin Jr., Morehouse Parish superintendent and a native of the Felicianas; Susan D. Moore, of New Orleans and director of K-12 curriculum and instruction for East Baton Rouge Parish schools; and Angela Lee Domingue, of Baton Rouge and former principal of Belaire High School.
The board let stand its elimination of applicant Hamilton P. Brock, of Baker, because it said he did not fill out the application provided to him.