Iberia board to fill open position

The Iberia Parish School Board is seeking applicants to fill the shoes of one of its board members who resigned after being elected to the New Iberia City Council in November.

Raymond “Shoe-Do” Lewis resigned his District 4 seat on the School Board prior to taking his seat on the City Council last week.

The School Board will interview applicants and select an interim replacement for District 4 during a special meeting Wednesday. Applicants may submit ré sumés to the School Board office until noon Tuesday.

Lewis was first elected to the City Council in 2004. He said it was disappointment over school closures in his district that prompted him to vacate his council seat midterm in 2010 to run for the School Board. His term on the School Board began in 2011.

He said recently he has been disappointed with the “disparity” in his City Council district, which is why he decided to seek the council position again.

The next board member for the district should “understand the needs of the school district and the people that they represent. Geographically, it may be considered an impoverished area. You have to understand the parents as well,” he said.

In the Nov. 6 election, Lewis won the District 5 seat on the City Council with nearly 64 percent, or 1,236 votes, against Oneal Jones III, who received 36 percent with 704 votes.

The interim School Board member will serve in the position until voters have a chance to choose their next board member in the April 6 special election. Qualifying for the spring election is Feb. 13-15.