Nov 23, 2011 10:26 PM by Maddie Garrett

Landry Slides into Finalist Spot for Superintendent

The search for a new superintendent in Lafayette Parish hit another snag and board members are faced with re-evaluating its final three candidates.

School Board members said they were surprised when one of the finalists, St. Mary Parish Superintendent Donald Aguillard, dropped out of the running. At a special meeting Wednesday night, the board was faced with three options on what to do next.

One, they could proceed with the two finalists, Pat Cooper and Walter Gonsoulin. Another option would be to add the next candidate with the most votes into the open spot, which is Lafayette Deputy Superintendent Katherine Landry. Or the Board could revote and select a third finalist from the remaining candidates.

In the end, board members decided to slide Landry into the open spot, saying the move follows precedence from an earlier situation that they faced in the search. The vote was six for, one abstaining, one absent and Rae Trahan the only member voting against that decision.

"First of all, the way I voted had absolutely nothing to do with the candidate involved in the discussion," said Trahan. "The two that are already selected are already in, but a third I thought should have gotten another look-see at those who are available rather than sliding the next one in."

The public will have one last chance to get to know the candidates and ask questions at a public forum on December 13, at the Lite Center Auditorium, starting at 6:00 pm. The public can also submit questions for the three finalists on the LPSB website starting on Monday.

Then on December 14, the board will hold a final interview with each candidate and vote on a new superintendent that night.



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