Six semifinalists, two from Louisiana and others from Massachusetts, Texas and Iowa, will interview with Ascension Parish School Board members via Skype next week, as the interview process begins in the search for a new schools superintendent.

Assistant Superintendent A. Denise Graves has been acting superintendent since former Superintendent Patrice Pujol retired in February.

At a meeting Monday, board members watched videos of 10 candidates selected through a screening process by Iowa firm Ray and Associates, which reported it received 47 applications. The 10 candidates each answered the same three questions about their background and how they would close achievement gaps for students and build consensus in the school system.

After watching the videos, board members went into executive session to whittle those 10 candidates to the six semifinalists.

After interviewing the six candidates, from June 1-3, the board will decide on three for a final round of interviews.

The six semifinalists are:

Rita Hernandez, area assistant superintendent, Brownsville Independent School District, Brownsville, Texas.

Alonzo “Lonnie” Luce, superintendent, St. James Parish public schools.

Angella Perera, national director for urban markets, McGraw-Hill Education, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Harrison Peters, school support officer, Houston Independent School District.

Jerome Puyau, superintendent, Vermilion Parish public schools.

Stacy Scott, superintendent, Framingham public schools, Massachusetts.

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