The Jefferson Parish School Board will hold a meeting late this month to allow members of the community to provide input on what qualities they think are needed in a new school superintendent.
The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 28, a Saturday, with a two-hour midday break, on the first floor of the system’s administrative building at 501 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.
Parents, teachers, students, business leaders and any others are welcome to give their thoughts to the board, which has committed to pick a new superintendent by April 15.
The board is considering six candidates to replace James Meza, who retired at the end of January.
He has been replaced on an interim basis by Michelle Blouin-Williams, the system’s former deputy superintendent and a candidate for the top job.
Other candidates are Germain Gilson, a chief student support officer for K-12 students in the system; Isaac Joseph, the system’s executive director of grants and federal programs; Charles Michel, special education director for the Lafourche Parish School Board; Carolyn Van Norman, the Jefferson school system’s executive director of performance management; and Sharon Wegner, director of Jefferson Parish government’s Workforce Connection and a former teacher.
The board plans to record five-minute videos of each candidate to allow them to tell the public about themselves. It will announce later this month when they will air on JPS-TV, on Cox Channel 8 and channel 99 AT&T U-Verse.
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