PLAQUEMINE — The Iberville Parish School Board on Wednesday appointed former Pointe Coupee Parish schools Superintendent Linda D’Amico to serve as its interim superintendent while the board searches for a new leader for the school district.
The board’s unanimous decision came after it accepted the resignation of its current superintendent, Ed Cancienne, who is leaving the district June 30 to serve as the new head of the St. James Parish school system — a position he held from 1999 to 2007.
D’Amico, who retired for the Pointe Coupee school system last year after serving as its superintendent for 5½ years, will step into the Iberville role July 1 and likely will serve in this position until mid-August.
The details of her contract and pay are being worked out and will be presented to the board for approval at its meeting Monday, district officials said.
“I was given her name by several people who said she would be a perfect fit for Iberville,” board President Polly Higdon said after the meeting. “It’s hard to say how long she’ll be here, but the deadline for applications for superintendent is July 5. We’ll begin interviews July 18.”
At a special meeting last week, the board decided whoever they appoint as interim will be prohibited from applying for the position on a permanent basis.
D’Amico said that weighed heavily in her decision to take the interim position. However, she did admit after Wednesday’s meeting that she had gotten a little bored after her retirement.
“I miss what I was doing. I miss the challenges and the people I worked with,” she said. “I felt like this was a short period of time, and then I can go back into retirement.”
She added, “But I plan to do the best I can here.”
Cancienne, who served as superintendent in Iberville Parish for eight years, will return to St. James to earn $180,000 per year plus a $15,000 annual expense allowance. He’s currently earning $182,814 a year in Iberville Parish. His contract originally was negotiated at $158,000 annually.
Higdon on Wednesday credited Cancienne with “moving the district forward.”
“We wish him much success and the best in St. James Parish,” she said.
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