Board to discuss search for new superintendent

Advocate Acadiana bureau

LAFAYETTE — The Lafayette Parish School Board is set to decide its protocol for selecting the next superintendent at a 5:30 p.m. meeting Wednesday.

The board’s search committee has recommended that applications be pared down to 10 candidates for interviews.

As part of the interviews, candidates will be asked to make a PowerPoint presentation on their vision for improving the school system.

Board members plan to visit the top three candidates’ districts, and the top three will participate in a public forum before the board selects two finalists.

That selection could come on Dec. 7, according to a tentative timeline approved by the board.

Superintendent Burnell Lemoine’s contract expires Dec. 31 and he has said he plans to retire.

As of last week, the district had received five applications for the job.

Staff from the College of Education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette are in the process of vetting the applications, said Christine Payton, a university spokeswoman, in an email response.

Other items on Wednesday’s agenda include:

CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT: The board will also consider whether to hire CSRS Inc. and Architects Southwest to manage a proposed $561 million construction program. The program and contract are contingent upon voters’ approval of a $561 million bond measure to fund the construction and repairs outlined in the district’s facilities master plan.

Both firms were involved in the development of the district’s master facilities plan in 2009-10 and submitted the sole pitch to the district’s request for proposals.

ONLINE PAYMENT FEE: The board will also discuss a proposed $2 fee for online meal payments. The fee will be charged for each transaction on the payment site.

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To view a full copy of the agenda, visit http://esb.lpssonline.com.