NEW ROADS — After two rounds of voting Thursday, the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board named its three finalists for schools superintendent.
Lisa D’Aquila, who works with the school system as its supervisor of personnel and accountability; Ronald Kevin Lemoine, acting superintendent of the state Department of Education’s Special Schools District; and Anthony Cain, a principal at Howard School in Ruston, were selected as finalists to succeed outgoing Superintendent Linda D’Amico.
D’Amico announced in March that she intends to retire in June after serving as the district’s administrative head for 51/2 years.
The board’s decision Thursday came after interviews with all 12 applicants on Monday and Tuesday.
“I was impressed with all the applicants,” board President Frank Aguillard said before the votes were tallied during Thursday’s meeting. “The School Board was really involved with every aspect of these interviews. They did their own background checks. They even called references.
“This board realized how important it was to replace D’Amico.”
D’Aquila, Lemoine and Cain now move on to a second round of interviews taking place at 5:30 p.m. May 11.
The board will hold a meet-and-greet at the School Board office at 4:30 p.m. that day so the public can chat with the three finalists.
Aguillard said the board could possibly choose D’Amico’s successor that night after a brief executive session with the candidates. The interviews will be held in public.
D’Aquila has worked in the Pointe Coupee Parish School System since 1985 as a teacher and librarian at Rougon Elementary, Valverda Elementary, LaBarre Magnet School and False River Academy. She stepped into her current role as supervisor of personnel and accountability in 2010. She holds degrees from LSU and Southern University as well as six education-related certifications.
Lemoine has 15 years of 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 hold degrees from LSU and Southern.
Cain, of Monroe, has been working in education since 2002, having served as a teacher at various schools in West Monroe and Arlington, Virginia, before he became the principal at Howard School in Ruston in 2011. Cain also served 11 years on the Ouachita Parish School Board.
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