Two finalists for superintendent of the Orleans Parish School Board’s relative handful of public schools will have their last scheduled interviews with the board on Wednesday.

Board members will interview Debbra Lindo and Henderson Lewis Jr. in executive session .

Members of the public will have a chance to meet the candidates Wednesday night at a reception at Alice Harte Charter School.

Lewis, a New Orleans native, is the superintendent of East Feliciana Parish schools and a member of the St. Bernard Parish School Board.

Lindo is an education consultant who lives in California; she retired last year as superintendent of the small Emeryville, California, school district.

Interim Superintendent Stan Smith has held the position for more than 2½ years. The lack of a permanent leader has been cited as a mark of instability by several charter school leaders who chose not to return to the School Board and remain instead with the Recovery School District, which took over most public schools in the city shortly after Hurricane Katrina.

Of 36 schools eligible to return to the local board’s control, only two requested the transfer this year.

Lewis will meet with community members from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Lindo will follow, from 7:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Alice Harte Charter School is at 5300 Berkley Drive on the West Bank.