Contract with interim Iberville schools superintendent precludes her from applying for permanent post _lowres

Advocate Staff Photo by Mark Saltz August 4, 2009 Trax # 00018156a Super Search Linda D'Amico mugshot as the Pointe Coupee School Board interviews five finalist for the Superintendent job on August 4, 2009.

The Iberville Parish School Board made its appointment of an interim schools superintendent official Monday by approving an employment contract with Linda D’Amico, a retired superintendent from a neighboring parish.

The board named D’Amico as interim during the June 8 meeting after accepting the resignation of its 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.

Cancienne attended his last School Board meeting in Iberville Parish on Monday night but did little participating in the goings on.

But D’Amico, who retired as schools superintendent in Pointe Coupee Parish last year, wasn’t shy about speaking up during the meeting. In her prepared speech to the board, D’Amico thanked the board members for the opportunity to serve as interim, a position that will temporarily take her away from what she has said has been the boredom of retirement.

“I retired and thought it was going to be wonderful. I realized quickly it wasn’t wonderful, and I wanted to go back to work,” she joked. “So it was exciting to have something like this for at least a short period of time.”

According to the contract, the board will pay D’Amico $13,500 a month to serve as interim until a permanent replacement is hired. D’Amico also will receive $500 each month for an automobile allowance in lieu of the board providing her with a vehicle. The automobile allowance will cover all in-parish travel and gas, maintenance and upkeep for her personal vehicle.

The board agreed to reimburse D’Amico for any other expenses — like out-of-state travel — she might incur while serving in the position but required she provide supporting documents like receipts, expense vouchers and mileage reports.

She will not participate in the district’s group employee health insurance program, the contract states. And the contract says she agrees with the board’s terms to not apply for the position on a permanent basis.

The board already has been advertising for a new superintendent and will stop accepting applications July 5.

Board President Polly Higdon said previously the board hopes to begin interviewing for the position July 18.

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