- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Paris School Board will conduct individual interviews for its top three candidates for the superintendent position starting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The interviews will be open to the public and featured on the Acadiana Open Channel. Each candidate will have 10 minutes for opening comments, followed by an hour of questions from the board, and 10 minutes for closing remarks.

Suzanne Thibodeaux, human resources assistant director, tells The Advocate (https://bit.ly/1Ejh2Qv) that the order of the interviews will be determined at random.

The three candidates are: Don Aguillard, superintendent of St. Mary Parish Schools; Carlos Sam, associate superintendent of East Baton Rouge Parish schools; and Francis Touchet Jr., Louisiana Department of Education network leader providing support to school districts.

Sam, who is also a finalist for superintendent of the East Feliciana Parish School Board, previously served as interim superintendent of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

“Previous experiences have prepared me for the challenge of engaging your community in a shared vision of increased student achievement,” Sam wrote in his application.

For Aguillard, this is his second time as a top-three candidate for Lafayette superintendent. In 2011, he withdrew his name to continue his work at St. Mary Parish.

Noted in his application are voter approval of $36 million for school construction projects and creation of a middle school extended-day program.

Touchet was a former principal of Erath High School, which was rated one of the top high schools in the state during his time there. He currently works with districts to improve school performance.

“No matter the position- teacher, coach, assistant principal, principal or LDOE Network Leader - my motivation has always been the same, the focus on student achievement,” Touchet wrote in his application.

The board could reach a decision by May or sooner. Members said they’d like to have a new superintendent in place in time to train with interim Superintendent Burnell LeJeune, who plans to retire this summer.


Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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