Aug 17, 2011 11:24 PM by Maddie Garrett
The Lafayette Parish School Board hammered out a plan on how it will choose a new superintendent, but that decision didn't come without a few disagreements.
It wasn't unanimous, and it wasn't simple, but the board did approve the superintendent search protocol in a 3 to 5 vote.
"What I was looking for and what other board members supported was to have the community involved in the actual questioning, so to speak, and interviewing of potential applicants," said Board Member Hunter Beasley.
Beasley chose two community organizations, 100 Black Men of Greater Lafayette and Lafayette Parish Public Education Stakeholders Council (LAPESC) to choose two representatives to serve on the search committee, in addition to the school board members. But that didn't sit well with the some members.
"Let me pick two, I think we should all pick two," said Member Tommy Angelle during the meeting.
Angelle said while he approves of the two organizations, he thinks more interest groups should have been included.
"I just think there are multiple other organizations, not just organizations, but citizens, tax paying citizens who would have liked to have an opportunity to be on the interview committee," said Angelle.
And the school board still has a long road ahead of them, the application deadline hasn't even hit yet, that comes on September 12th. So far, 11 candidates have applied for the top spot, hailing from all over the US.
"The board itself will have to whittle down those applicants to that final top ten, and if we have 20 or 25, 30 applicants, yeah that will get a little bit cumbersome," explained Beasley.
Once the board narrows it down to 10 candidates, there will be extensive interviews where the candidates will make a power point presentation outline their vision on they plan to improve the school system. Then LPSB members will visit three finalists' districts and hold public forums with those three finalists.
According to a tentative schedule, the board should make a final selection by December 7, 2011.
The public is also encouraged to give input on what they would like to see in the next superintendent. The first of six public hearings will be held Thursday night at Thibodaux Career and Technical High School starting at 6:00 p.m.