- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board plans to select a new superintendent on April 2.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1CYGdq1) the timeline was approved Wednesday. It’s based on the recommendations of a special committee, formed just days earlier, of three board members who met Monday.

The board voted last week to start advertising to find someone to replace Bernard Taylor, whose three-year stint as superintendent ends June 30. An initial ad appeared in Sunday’s Advocate, and a second ad is set to run Sunday. Running the ads a week apart complies with a state law. No one has turned in an application as yet, though board President David Tatman said he has fielded several inquiries, including some from outside Louisiana.

The board voted 8-1 Wednesday in favor of the timeline. Only Vereta Lee voted no, saying that the process is rushed, that she was not consulted on dates and that the whole process is for show. She was particularly incensed about the March 18 meeting, saying that’s her birthday and her family has a birthday party planned for her that day.

“We already know which way we’re going with this, and we’re just going through the process, but the truth of the matter is we should have considered other (board) members and what they had to do,” Lee said.

Board member Tarvald Smith explained that state law requires a 30-day waiting period after the second ad runs in the official journal, and that March 18 is the first day that the board can legally take action as it tries to select a superintendent.

“I wanted to slow things down,” Smith said, but added there are benefits to moving quickly.

Taylor was present, but left the room when the discussion turned to the superintendent search.

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


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