The Orleans Parish School Board will take another shot at hiring a permanent superintendent at its meeting Tuesday evening.
The board invited candidates Debbra Lindo, Katrise Perera and Henderson Lewis for a second round of interviews this week. And the board’s agenda for Tuesday includes a closed-door session to discuss their qualifications, followed by a public vote to elect one of the three.
Still, that does not necessarily mean any of the latest hopefuls will be able to attract the five votes needed to win the job.
The board, which is typically split 4-3 on big votes, got to this same point with a previous set of candidates back in June, only to emerge from a lengthy closed session without reaching a consensus or a five-vote majority.
Lindo was most recently superintendent for the Emery Unified School District in California; she announced her retirement there last fall.
Perera serves as superintendent of Isle of Wight County Schools in Virginia.
Lewis is the superintendent of the East Feliciana Parish school district and a member of the St. Bernard Parish School Board. He also has held leadership positions in the Algiers Charter Schools Association.
Interim Superintendent Stan Smith has led the district for more than two years, an unusually long tenure for an interim leader. That fact has been cited as a marker of instability for the district, which also is widely known for having a fractious board.
It also has been a cause for concern among the city’s charter schools, which have largely taken over the public education system in New Orleans. Charters governed by the state-run Recovery School District, which took over most of the city’s schools after Hurricane Katrina, are eligible to come back under the local board’s purview once they reach certain academic benchmarks. But most have chosen not to do so, in part because they don’t know who will be running the local district in the near future.
The School Board meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday at McDonogh No. 35 High School, 1331 Kerlerec St.