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Wednesday, December 11, 2019



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New board member appointed, timeline set for hiring superintendent

New board member appointed, timeline set for hiring superintendent

 

The Lafourche Parish School Board appointed a Larose attorney to temporarily represent District 12 until May’s special election.

Henry Lafont Jr. will fill the seat vacated by former board member Robby Gisclair on Nov. 6 after Gisclair resigned while facing a criminal charge of theft.

Ten board members voted in favor of appointing Lafont last Tuesday night. Of the two other nominees for the seat, three board members, Dennis Guillot, Tina Babin and Dr. Mary Breaud, voted for former Lafourche Parish School District employee Tim Long and one, Clyde Duplantis, voted for former school board member Jon Callais.

Lafont, who wasn’t present at the meeting, texted board member Troy Dufrene during the meeting that he was “honored and humbled” after he learned of the news.

The special election to fill the board seat will take place during the May 9, 2020 general election. Candidates can sign up to get on the ballot on Jan. 8-10.

During Tuesday’s special meeting, the board also set a tentative timeline for hiring a new superintendent. Current superintendent Louis Voiron’s contract will end on Dec. 31, one year early as a result of a buyout after he notified the board that he wouldn’t return due to his ongoing health issues.

His specific medical condition has not been released.

The board plans to post its first advertisement for the position on Friday, followed by another on Dec. 6. Applications will be due by Dec. 31.

Ahead of the application deadline, the board will hold a public forum on Tuesday, Dec. 17 for parish residents to provide feedback on what characteristics they would like to see in their new superintendent.

That forum will run from 6-8 p.m. or until there isn’t any further public comment.

After the application deadline, the applicants will be reviewed by board attorney Pat Amedee and board president Brooke Huddleston before being released to the full board.

From there, interviews will be held Jan. 13-17 with plans to vote on a new superintendent by Feb. 5. The new superintendent would start no later than March 2.

The board maintained the same salary range as its last search, offering $125,000-$150,000 per year. Voiron’s salary was $150,000 annually.

 

-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Halle Parker can be reached at hparker@houmatoday.com or 857-2204. Follow her on Twitter, @_thehalparker.