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Lafourche School Board chooses finalists for superintendent

Lafourche School Board chooses finalists for superintendent

The Lafourche Parish School Board has chosen three applicants to be interviewed for the schools superintendent position at a special meeting on Sept. 29.

Of the five who submitted applications by the Aug. 31 deadline, Bubba Orgeron, Louis Voiron and Clyde Washington will be interviewed by the School Board to replace Jo Ann Matthews, who is retiring in March as superintendent.

Orgeron has experience throughout Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes. He was a teacher for nine years before becoming assistant principal of Golden Meadow Lower Elementary School. He would go on to become assistant principal at Larose Cut Off Middle and South Lafourche High School before spending four years as head principal at South Lafourche and eventually becoming the assistant superintendent of Terrebonne Parish.

Voiron currently works as the Lafourche Parish School Board’s director of human resources. He began his career as a high school teacher in Ascension Parish before becoming a teacher and athletic director for East Thibodaux Junior High. He has also served as an assistant principal and principal.

Washington began his career as a mental health worker at Bayou Oaks Hospital in Houma. He became a special education teacher at Evergreen Junior High is 1997. He was an assistant principal at Ellender Memorial High before becoming the principal of Andrew Price School and later principal of Oaklawn Junior High. He is currently the assistant superintendent of the Rapides Parish School System.

The interviews will be held at the School Board Office, 805 E. Seventh St., Thibodaux, at 9 a.m.

“All three possess central office experience, and they all submitted complete applications,” School Board member Julie Breaux said at the board’s meeting.

Breaux said those two factors were the main reasons why the applicants were selected. The board also decided how many questions to ask, how long each applicant gets to respond and other interview details.

There was some debate as to how long each applicant should be allowed to introduce themselves.

“I’ve sat through a lot of these interviews and I think that five minutes is good enough for an opening statement because after that, you start repeating yourself,” said board member Marian Fertitta. “This is a very important decision and I don’t think we need to rush.”

Board member Richmond Boyd said two minutes is enough because a longer period could lead to exaggeration.

Members eventually compromised on a three-minute opening statement, five questions and six-minute responses.

The board’s legal adviser will choose the five questions out of those submitted by the board members.

After the interviews, the board can choose a new superintendent immediately, decide on more interviews or make a decision at its next regular meeting on Oct. 3.

-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Scott McLendon can be reached at 857-2204 or Follow on Twitter @mclendon_b