Seven Baton Rouge residents, including a former board member, say they want to become the next representative for District 4 on the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board.
The School Board plans to pick from these seven names Thursday. The person chosen will temporarily replace Tarvald Smith, who was elected Oct. 24 to Baton Rouge City Court and who resigned effective Nov. 2. The board is meeting at 5 p.m. at the School Board Office.
A March 5 special election is planned to allow voters in District 4 to pick who they want for the job.
The deadline to apply to temporarily fill the job was noon Wednesday. Three women and four men submitted applications by the deadline.
Jacqueline Mims, a professional counselor, is one of the seven people seeking the appointment. She represented District 4 from 1991 until February 2004 when she resigned partway through her fourth term. Smith was appointed to replace her and served for 11 years. Four of Mims’ six children attended parish public schools. Mims, 59, said she has no intention of running for the job March 5.
The man who Smith beat in 2014 by a 60-40 percent margin to win a fourth term, Robert Maxie Sr., is also applying. Maxie, 37, is a U.S. Navy veteran who returned to Baton Rouge more than two years ago. Until recently, he was program director for the Baton Rouge location of Keys Outreach Behavioral Health Clinic and is now attending Grace Bible College with plans to attend seminary. Maxie is the father of six children, including five who attend East Baton Rouge Parish public schools.
The other applicants are Dawn D. Collins, Donald R. Green, Reginald Pitcher Sr., Edward Pratt and Ta-Tanisha T. Youngblood.
Collins, 39, has been chairwoman of the East Baton Rouge Parish Democratic Party since 2012 and is an instructor at Remington College, a nonprofit technical college based in suburban Orlando, Florida. She has two children who have attended Baton Rouge public schools.
Green, 55, is personnel director at VIP International, which specializes in maintaining acid plants. Green is a veteran educator who has led several private and public schools in town, including Parkview Baptist, Capital High School and the closed Desire Street Academy.
Pitcher, 62, is a manager and social worker at Harmony Center, a residential group home in Baton Rouge for boys ages 12 to 17 who have been adjudicated for juvenile crimes. He is also the father of seven children who have attended East Baton Rouge Parish schools.
Pratt, 61, has spent his career in communications, including decades as a reporter and editor in Baton Rouge and Orlando. He continues to write a weekly column for The Advocate. Since 2002, he has worked in public relations, serving as press secretary for candidate and later Gov. Kathleen Blanco, the Louisiana Department of Labor and Southern University.
Youngblood, 43, is an attorney in private practice who has a child at The Dufrocq School in Baton Rouge. She serves as vice president of that school’s parent-teacher organization.
District 4, which covers the eastern portion of north Baton Rouge, is bounded on the south by Florida Boulevard and on the north by Greenwell Street, Joor Road and the Comite River. Lobdell Avenue and Elm Drive form much of its western edge while Flannery Road bounds it on the east.