Nov 10, 2011 11:06 PM by Maddie Garrett

Groups Recommend Top 3 Superintendent Finalists

Lafayette Parish School Board is almost to the point of narrowing the superintendent search down to three finalists, after a lengthy meeting Thursday night.

Thursday's special meeting was called to vote on how they would vote on the three finalists. But as soon as discussion got underway, a divide was clear. Some members, like Tommy Angelle and Rae Trahan didn't agree that the two community groups, 100 Black Men of Greater Lafayette and Lafayette Parish Public Education Stakeholders Council, should be included in the vote. Members said that by having the 11 votes instead of the nine would diminish the School Board's authority in the decision and complicate getting a fair vote.

After almost an hour-and-a-half of back and forth, the two groups decided they would remove themselves from the voting process and simply provided their recommendations at the meeting.

Both groups recommended the same finalists (In no specified order): Dr. Pat Cooper, Dr. Donald Aguillard and Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin. Each organization provided the Board with its reasons for why it chose those candidates for the top three.

"The two groups that were participating, they agreed to back on out as far as not being in the recommending part, they just provided their recommendations to us to the board as a whole," said LPSB Member Hunter Beasley.

So the final decision - the Board amended the superintendent search protocol back to its original plan from August.

Now the Board will meet Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. and each member will pick their top three finalists. The three with the majority votes will move on to the next round of interview.



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