The search to replace outgoing Central Schools Superintendent Michael Faulk will wait two more weeks as school board members try to pin down how quickly candidates applying from out-of-state could obtain the necessary credentials Louisiana requires for the job.
The board hopes to have its questions answered in time for its next meeting on July 31. At that meeting, the plan is to settle on its own list of qualifications for the job, to set a salary range, and to approve advertising for the vacancy.
Michael Faulk has announced his resignation as superintendent of the Central school system, …
Faulk announced his resignation June 26 and it takes effect Dec. 31. He has accepted a new position as executive director of the Louisiana Association of School Superintendents. Faulk is the first and only school superintendent Central has had since it broke away from East Baton Rouge Parish public schools in 2007.
Faulk was not present at Monday’s meeting.
Board President David Walker on Monday apologized to the small audience gathered at the School Board Office on Joor Road for the short delay.
“I know it sounds like we’ve come here unprepared, but we have some questions and we want to do this right,” Walker said.
Board member Jim Lloyd echoed Walker.
“It’s a very important decision we’ve been given here and we need to make sure we get it right,” Lloyd said. “We have enough time.”
After the meeting, Walker said he wants to avoid the situation a neighboring school district had years back when it hired an out-of-state superintendent who took far too long to get certified as a superintendent in Louisiana.
Walker said the plan is for the board to conduct the search in-house, rather than hiring an outside search firm. He’s looking to run advertisements in The Advocate, the legal journal for the Central schools, in early to mid August and to open applications a month later on Sept. 18.
State law requires that superintendent vacancies can’t be filled for at least 30 days after they’ve been advertised.
Walker said the board still has to decide whether it wants to advertise anywhere besides The Advocate. He said he’s not looking to advertise too widely for fear of attracting fly-by-night candidates.
“I don’t want someone coming in here for one year and then going on to another job,” he said.