Cade Brumley, the man widely considered the favorite to be the next superintendent of Jefferson Parish schools, confirmed Tuesday that he has applied for the job.
Brumley said in a text message that he FedEx'd his application to run the state's largest school district.
Local officials said they had not yet received Brumley's application as of Tuesday afternoon. The job posting on the school system's website says that applications must be postmarked by Feb. 23.
Brumley currently leads the DeSoto Parish School System, which is rated A in the state's evaluation system and has about 5,000 students. The Jefferson Parish system has more than 48,000 students and is currently graded as C in the state's evaluation system.
Several School Board members have said they would be interested in talking to Brumley about the job. One member, Marion Bonura, has accused his colleagues of already having anointed Brumley, saying in one meeting that "the fix was in."
Another board member, Cedric Floyd, has urged the board not to name a permanent replacement for the outgoing Isaac Joseph until next year, after this fall's board elections take place and a new board is seated.
Brumley said Tuesday that he looks "forward to exploring this opportunity to lead Louisiana's largest system toward its fullest potential."