- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Calcasieu Parish has named a new public schools superintendent.

The American Press reports (https://bit.ly/1qYdOXS) the School Board selected Karl Bruchhaus, the board’s chief financial officer, Saturday to replace Wayne Savoy who announced his retirement in January.

Bruchhaus, who has been the district’s CFO since 1996, was chosen out of three other finalists - Marcus Jackson of Atlanta, Charles Michel of Metairie and Ina Delahoussaye of Lake Charles.

Bruchhaus said he was honored and excited to be selected to lead the district.

“I believe our system has potential to deliver great things for our children,” he said. “We are the foundation of the future. We are going to be responsible for a whole generation of children now. We have one shot at it, and we’ve got to make it right.”

Bruchhaus, a certified public accountant, has 26 years of experience working in Louisiana school systems’ central offices in various finance positions. He was the only candidate who wasn’t an educator and because of that state law requires him to hire a chief academic officer to work with him.

Bruchhaus said the board was aware of the requirement, and the current vacancy for the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction will be changed to a chief academic officer position.

Bruchhaus said he believes his transition to superintendent should be smooth since he has been in the system for 17 years and is well aware of what goes on a daily basis.

Board president Annette Ballard said that selecting the new superintendent was not only a tough decision but also the most important task a school board is charged with.

“It’s a very difficult decision to make, but I truly believe that all of our board members studied the applicants and their qualifications to make the decision as to which person could best serve our students and the district as a whole,” said Ballard. “We are truly honored to welcome Mr. Bruchhaus into his new role with the district and look forward to the seeing what great things he has in store for the children of Calcasieu Parish.”

The board will hold a special-called meeting on Wednesday to discuss Bruchhaus’ contract and starting date.

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Information from: American Press, https://www.americanpress.com


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