The Pointe Coupee Parish School Board released the résumés of 12 candidates who have applied for the superintendent’s position following Linda D’Amico’s announcement that she’s retiring at the end of the year.
Among the pool of applicants are educational officials from Maryland and Lafayette as well as a few administrators from schools in the Baton Rouge area.
Two people who work in the Pointe Coupee Parish School System also have applied: Lisa D’Aquila, Pointe Coupee’s supervisor of personnel and accountability, and Ted Wayne David, the school system’s alternative program coordinator.
“We have some very capable candidates,” School Board President Frank Aguillard said. “I like our candidates. I’m impressed.”
The School Board will select three finalists in mid-April after two rounds of public interviews.
According to a policy the board adopted in February, the interviews will take place during specially called meetings where the 12 applicants will make opening statements and then respond to questions from the board and the public. The public may submit their questions 30 minutes before the meeting starts.
The top three candidates will move on to round two, which will consist of a “meet and greet” with the public followed by an open forum interview before the board.
Selection of the next schools superintendent will likely take place after board members meet privately with each candidate in an executive session.
“The public wanted to be very involved and we’re giving them the opportunity,” Aguillard said. “But ultimately, we make the decision. That’s our duty to do that.”
Aguillard said the board wants the district’s next superintendent to get the community involved in the school system.
For the past few years, the Pointe Coupee Parish School System has steadily improved academically, according to the state Department of Education’s annual district performance scores.
In 2014, the district’s performance grade was 78.8 percent — a C grade, which is an improvement from its 2013 C score of 73.8 percent.
Prior to 2013, the district’s score hovered in the “below average” range. The state’s Recovery School District even stepped in and temporarily took over operation of one of the district’s failing schools before giving control back to the district last year when the state couldn’t improve the school’s academic performance.
Besides D’Aquila and David, the other 10 applicants are as follows:
- Susan D. Moore is executive director of curriculum and instruction for K-12 for the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Before becoming director, she was vice principal with the state’s Recovery School District and held positions within the New Orleans Public School System, where she was an administrative assistant, test coordinator and speech pathologist.
- Donna Alleman is director of Academic Services at the Louisiana Schools for the Deaf and Visually Impaired. Before she became director in 2010, Alleman was interim director for a year at the LSDVI and held several positions in the Assumption Parish School System between 2004 and 2009, including preschool coordinator, assistant principal and transition consultant.
- R. Kevin Lemoine is acting superintendent of the state Department of Education’s Special Schools District. Lemoine has worked as a principal and assistant principal at schools in the Zachary Community School and East Baton Rouge Parish school districts.
- Josh LeSage is headmaster of Hosanna Christian Academy. LeSage worked as the state Recovery School District’s Region II director for three years before becoming the assistant principal at Baker Middle School from 2006 to 2008.
- Hamilton P. Brock is the principal at the Baker Alternative Learning Center. He has held positions with the state Department of Education and various school systems in the southern region.
- Dinah Robinson is a part-time faculty site supervisor for the University of Phoenix and principal at John F. Kennedy Elementary School in Lake Charles.
- Bart Thibodeaux is the director of special education for the Lafayette Parish School System and previously taught at schools in Acadia Parish.
- Angela Lee-Domingue, a Baton Rouge native, is the associate superintendent and chief academic officer for Washington County Public Schools in Maryland.
- Anthony Cain is a principal at Howard School in Ruston. He has worked as a teacher at schools in West Monroe and Arlington, Virginia, between 1995 and 2011.
- The Rev. Larry Oliver has worked in various positions with the Pointe Coupee Parish School System since 1976. He last served as principal of Pointe Coupee Central High from 2005 to 2008.
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