The Jefferson Parish School Board will meet Wednesday to choose the system’s next superintendent, having zeroed in on three of the six candidates who have applied for the job.
The board last month set April 15 as a firm date to make a selection, with members agreeing that Jefferson Parish’s public schools should not be without a permanent chief administrator any longer than necessary.
The special session will begin at 11 a.m. at the school system’s administration building at 501 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.
The six applicants are: Michelle Blouin-Williams, of Gretna, the system’s former deputy superintendent; Germain Gilson, of Gretna, a chief student support officer for K-12 students in the system; Isaac Joseph, of Harvey, the system’s executive director of grants and federal programs; Charles Michel, of Metairie, special education director for the Lafourche Parish School System; Carolyn Van Norman, of River Ridge, the Jefferson school system’s executive director of performance management; and Sharon Wegner, of Gretna, director of Jefferson Parish government’s Workforce Connection, a former teacher and longtime administrator.
Board members interviewed Tuesday said their focus has narrowed to three of the candidates. However, the members declined to identify them.
The previous board had a business-backed majority among its nine members, and in 2011 the majority faction selected James Meza as superintendent. He stepped down in January. Meanwhile, the fall elections saw the board’s majority tip in favor of union-backed members.
Blouin-Williams, who is the interim superintendent, was Meza’s choice to replace him, and she is widely expected to be one of the three finalists. Four of the remaining five candidates, however, have spent years inside the Jefferson Parish school system.
Board member Mark Morgan said he expected the board to spend much of the day Wednesday discussing the choice but ultimately to hold to its goal of making a selection by the end of the session.
Board Vice President Ray St. Pierre said he expected the board would spend some time in executive session but would also deliberate publicly as well.
Also at Wednesday’s meeting, the board will name the low bidder on $27.5 million in bonds slated for capital improvement projects throughout the system.
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