LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – The St. Landry Parish School board has thirteen applicants for the newly posted superintendent position. In May, the board voted not to renew the contract of current SLPS Superintendent Edward Brown.
SLPS Board Vice President, Randy Wagley says the deadline for submitting applicants was August 19 postmark. The applicants have already been distributed among the board. “It’s a pretty big stack. We’re all taking our time to go through them individually,” says Wagley.
Wagley says the new superintendent needs to have a fiscal background to address the district’s money problems. Plus, some direction on how to raise the district’s low performance scores. “We have a lot of good choices. We have some from out of state. I think maybe we have only a couple that actually have any ties to St. Landry,” adds Wagley.
Charles Ross has been a board member for over a decade. Ross says the district has one too many failing schools. He’s looking to hire a superintendent who will work to improve that. “Has to be able to have a dialogue on what that person hopes to achieve as a superintendent,” notes Ross.
Ultimately whoever is hired they will have to work hand-and-hand with the board to move the parish’s schools forward. “Trying to set-up some forums the community can be involved in,” says Ross. Thursday’s special public board meeting is at 4:00pm at the school board office on Creswell Lane. Wagley says that’s when board members plan to decide who they intend to interview.