- Associated Press - Friday, October 17, 2014

MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) - A committee of Avoyelles Parish School Board members will begin the process of finding the district’s next superintendent next week.

The committee was formed at a special meeting this week after the board accepted a notice of retirement from Superintendent Dwayne Lemoine.

The Town Talk reports (https://townta.lk/1wPbm8o ) the group set a meeting for Oct. 22 to discuss a timeline and other parameters of the search process. The School Board used a consulting search firm when hiring Lemoine in 2007.

Lemoine plans to retire at the end of the semester. In his emailed notice, he cited a disconnect with the School Board and strained relationship with the U.S. Department of Justice, which is involved in the school district’s desegregation case, as indications “that the time is right for me to retire.”

Lemoine has been superintendent for seven years, and has one of the longest unbroken tenures of the parish’s chief administrators in the past 40 years. Ronald Mayeux served seven years from 2000-2007 and six years from 1980-86.

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Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk, https://www.thetowntalk.com

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