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School superintendent search begins

School superintendent search begins

The Lafourche Parish School Board has begun the search process for a new school superintendent to replace Jo Ann Matthews, who will retire in next March.

The School Board will advertise the position on its website, through social media and via the Louisiana Association of School Executives. There will also be advertisements in some Louisiana newspapers this week.

The School Board hopes to find a candidate familiar with the Louisiana education system but is also advertising for the job nationally on sites such as Indeed.com and Monster.com.

The School Board has chosen a salary range of $125,000 to $150,000 annually for the new superintendent. Matthews earned $140,623 annually in her first contract in 2005. That number grew 55 percent to $219,937 in 2015, and it was frozen until her retirement. The new superintendent’s contract is set to start on Dec. 21.

“One must remember that the current superintendent has 13 and a half years under her belt. When she began her tenure as superintendent, her salary was within the range that we are currently offering all applicants for the new superintendent’s position,” said School Board member Calvin Duet.

A public forum will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 18 at Central Lafourche High School to voice concerns about the new superintendent.

Application packets can be picked up from the School Board Office at 805 E. Seventh St., Thibodaux, or on its website. The deadline for applications is at 4 p.m. Aug. 31. Applications sent in via mail must be postmarked by that date to be considered.

On Sept. 19, there will be a vote on the specifics of the interview process. At this meeting the School Board will vote on which applicants will be interviewed, the number of interviews per applicant, the number of total applicants to interview and the order of applicants to be interviewed.

The School Board plans to hold the first round of interviews on Sept. 29. The board plans to select the new superintendent at a special meeting on Nov. 1, which is five days before the election for new School Board members.

 

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