Ronald Kevin Lemoine, acting superintendent of the special school district for the Louisiana Department of Education, is set to step in as Pointe Coupee Parish’s next school superintendent

He was chosen to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of superintendent Linda D’Amico.

The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board voted unanimously Monday night to begin contract negotiations with Lemoine, 51, after conducting a second round of interviews with the top three candidates for the position.

Lemoine http://theadvocate.com/news/westside/12189057-123/pointe-coupee-school-board-chooses">beat out Lisa D’Aquila, the school system’s supervisor of personnel and accountability, and Anthony Cain, a principal at Howard School in Ruston.

“It was a strong message in him getting that unanimous vote,” board president Frank Aguillard said Tuesday. “I think the board is really excited about working with him and believes in his experience to help continue to move the district forward from where Mrs. D’Amico is leaving us.”

Aguillard said he expects the school system’s six consecutive years of growth to continue.

Lemoine has 15 years’ experience as a school administrator at the middle, high school and district levels as well as 13 years of classroom experience as a teacher.

He was principal at Zachary High School from 2003 to 2009 and had yearlong stints as principal at Kenilworth Middle School and assistant principal at Robert E. Lee High, both in the East Baton Rouge Parish school system.

Lemoine has worked with the Louisiana Department of Education since 2009, where he currently serves as its acting superintendent of the special school district. He holds degrees from LSU and Southern University.

He notes that he grew up in Pointe Coupee and spent a majority of his adult life raising a family in the parish.

“Initially, I want to come in and do a complete assessment of all the school district’s programs, get to know as much as I can about the system before looking at ways to improve the academic programs,” Lemoine said Tuesday. “And then I want to explore other options for parent choice rather than just the traditional school model.”

Aguillard said the school district will begin contract negotiations with Lemoine on Monday and hopes to have a deal in place for Lemoine to officially take over June 30.

The school district currently pays D’Amico $114,000 annually.

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