May 2, 2013 10:31 PM by Erin Steuber
For the first time in a year-and-a-half, St. Landry Parish has a permanent superintendent. This was the fourth time the board voted, after several delays. And fourth time was the charm.
Edward Brown, the Supervisor of Attendance and Child Welfare in the parish, beat out Joseph Cassimere, who has been the interim-superintendent for over a year.
After two quick rounds of voting, the board elected Brown to be the new superintendent.
"If it would have been Mr. Cassimere, it was time for someone to be named superintendent, so we could move forward on some decisions," said Brown.
Brown hopes to move the school system forward, after what's been a turbulent two years for the district.
It's the end of a selection process that saw board members Quincy Richard and John Miller indicted by the feds, accused of trying to sell their votes.
Awaiting trial, both were present at the meeting. Miller abstained, Richard did too in the first round, but in round two, he was the deciding vote to give Brown the job.
"I reserve to right to vote just like any other board member," said Richard. "I just thought it was time. We had a long process to pick a superintendent, so I decided to participate in the voting."
"I've enjoyed what I've done over the past year," said Cassimere.
Brown says he and Cassimere have agreed to work together to get the school board back on track.
"One of my primary goals is to make this educational experience for our kids one of the best that they've ever had, or could possibly have," said Brown.