St. James schools chief considers leaving post

Alonzo Luce is considering leaving his position as the superintendent of the St. James Parish public school system.

Luce said at Tuesday night’s School Board meeting that he is considering the move but declined to comment further.

After initially telling reporters he needed “one more day before I can comment,” he released a statement Wednesday through his assistant, Jessica Thomasee, saying he would make an official statement in two or three days.

Thomasee later said via email that a special School Board meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday to discuss Luce’s contract, which was renewed in early 2011.

School Board members and Luce met in executive session for about an hour Tuesday to discuss the contract. No action was taken on the matter, Board President Charles Nailor said. Luce’s comments about possibly leaving the district came following the conclusion of the meeting.

Originally hired in July 2007, Luce was given a four-year contract extension last year and received a bump in his annual salary to $143,166 plus incentives.

This isn’t the first time Luce has considered other employment outside St. James Parish.

Earlier this fall, Luce was one of 11 applicants competing for the job of superintendent of the Zachary Community School District. Luce made it to the district’s list of the top five applicants, but did not make the final cut in October.

The Zachary Community School Board ultimately selected Scott Devillier, the district’s director of operations, for the position.