LAFAYETTE — Meetings to prepare questions for superintendent candidates and to select who will answer them are “imminent,” School Board members said Friday.

The candidate questions committee may meet as soon as next week, said Shelton Cobb, board vice president and committee chairman.

“We don’t have a date for that meeting, but it should be imminent — likely next week,” Cobb said.

The committee will use public responses from an online survey and forums related to desired superintendent qualities and district priorities while it formulates questions.

The questions committee also includes board members Kermit Bouillion and Mark Cockerham.

It’s likely that the board will call a special board meeting to cull the 26 candidates to 10 for interviews, board President Mark Allen Babineaux said.

Babineaux said he thought it “appropriate” for the board to wait to select its 10 candidates until it receives feedback from the public on qualities they desire in a superintendent.

Public forums on that topic ended Thursday. About 120 people participated in the six forums and 405 online responses were submitted, according to figures from Angela Simoneaux, district marketing and student recruitment coordinator.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s communications department is analyzing the responses and will report to the board, Babineaux said.

All nine board members serve on the committee that will interview the 10 and then choose three finalists.

The board will have some help with interviews from representatives of both the 100 Black Men of Greater Lafayette and the Lafayette Public Education Stakeholders Council. Both are community-based nonprofit organizations. LaPESC is a coalition of nonprofits and academic institutions, of which the 100 Black Men is a member.

According to the protocol approved during the board’s Aug. 17 meeting, the two non-board members will not vote on the top three finalists, but will make recommendations.

Board member Greg Awbrey pushed for the board to create a separate community committee to make a recommendation for selection, but the Aug. 17 protocol stands.

Babineaux said the two non-board members on the interview/selection committee will be: Alterman “Chip” Jackson, ULL’s director of enrollment services, for the 100 Black Men; and LaPESC will be represented by its chairwoman, Margaret Trahan, who is president of the United Way of Acadiana.