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School Board chooses new superintendent

School Board chooses new superintendent

The Lafourche Parish School Board narrowly chose the school system’s Human Resources Director Louis Voiron Wednesday night to be the next school superintendent.

The decision came down to a one-vote margin. With all 15 board members present, Voiron received the majority of eight votes needed in the first round of voting.

Bubba Orgeron Jr., Terrebonne Parish assistant superintendent of schools, received seven votes; while Clyde Washington, assistant superintendent of the Rapides Parish School System, received none.

“I thank the School Board for your decision tonight. It is truly appreciated,” Voiron said, also thanking current Superintendent Jo Ann Matthews and the central office staff.

Here’s how board members voted:

Voiron: Marian Fertitta, Clyde Duplantis III, Al Archer, Mary Breaud, Richmond Boyd Jr., Gary Foret, Donald Johnson and Julie Breaux.

Orgeron: Calvin Duet, Raymond Toups, Ray Bernard, Gregg Stall, Dennis Chiasson, Brooke Huddleston and Ann Sanamo.

Board members interviewed all three candidates during a special meeting Saturday but voted to defer a final vote until Wednesday night to consider input from constituents.

Voiron has worked for the Lafourche Parish School System for 23 years, he said.

“We’ve done great things together and I think we’re going to do a lot more great things together as well,” Voiron said.

Matthews is scheduled to retire at the end of the year, moving up from her original retirement date in March. Voiron will officially take over the position in 2019.

“I’m looking forward to the challenges,” he said.

The board also voted unanimously to authorize the board attorney to negotiate a contract with Voiron before presenting it to the board at the Nov. 7 meeting.


-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaArenstam.