- Associated Press - Saturday, April 11, 2015

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Donald Aguillard, Carlos Sam and Francis Touchet are the candidates to be the next Lafayette Parish school superintendent.

Aguillard is the current superintendent in St. Mary Parish. Sam is the associate superintendent of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System. Touchet is a network leader for the Louisiana Department of Education.

The Advertiser reports (https://bit.ly/1FGNU2S) the school board plans to interview them April 22.

A total of 12 people applied for the position, which became vacant in November when the board terminated Pat Cooper’s contract. Interim Superintendent Burnell LeJeune will retire this summer.

The board has said it hopes to name a superintendent sometime in May.



Aguillard has longtime ties to Lafayette Parish, and applied for the superintendent’s job in 2011 before withdrawing his name. He worked as an assistant principal at Acadiana High for 12 years before becoming the school system’s director of management information systems. He then served as the Carencro High principal for four years, then moved on to an area director position in Lafayette Parish.

He has been the St. Mary Parish superintendent since April 2004, overseeing 26 schools.

Sam has been the associate superintendent in East Baton Rouge Parish since July 2012. He also served as that district’s interim superintendent from February 2012 to June 2012, overseeing 78 schools.

Sam has spent his entire career in Baton Rouge. He was an assistant principal and principal at Park Forest Middle School for a total of eight years, then became the director of innovative and specialized programs in East Baton Rouge Parish. He held that position for nine years.

Touchet had a lengthy career as an administrator in Vermilion Parish. He was an assistant principal at Abbeville High for four years before moving to the same position at Erath High for three years. Touchet was the Erath High principal for seven years. He has been a network leader with the state since 2012, in which time he has worked with teachers and school officials on school improvement.

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Information from: The Advertiser, https://www.theadvertiser.com

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