Search for new Lafayette school superintendent could take anywhere from 3 to 5 months

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LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — The search for a new Lafayette Parish school superintendent could take anywhere from three to five months.

That's the estimation given by School Board President Tommy Angelle, who added that the timeline could vary slightly depending on the number of applicants and their locations.

Since the board fired Pat Cooper as superintendent on Nov. 6, The Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/14V927T ) there has been no movement on finding a permanent replacement. The board appointed Burnell LeJeune, a longtime school system administrator and supervisor, as the interim superintendent on Nov. 10. The permanent job has not yet been advertised, and Angelle said the search has not yet started.

Angelle said he expects the board to take up the matter within the next few weeks. Seven of the nine school board members took office last week, and in November, the board's then-members decided to leave the decision on Cooper's replacement up to the new members.

LeJeune said he expects the board to begin talking about the search at an orientation session scheduled for Saturday.

"I think the process itself is going to come from the board," LeJeune said. "On Saturday, when we get to talking about the next steps ahead, that is one of the things that we're going to say to the board that they need to look at. People have mentioned timelines and things in passing, but there has been no official discussion on anything."

Angelle said he would favor a timeline that would bring in a new superintendent around May or June.

"My idea would be that the superintendent would work with our current one for about a month, share ideas and learn the ropes, and then the interim would leave at the end of May," Angelle said. "I would rather have a superintendent start off in the summer."

Angelle said that hiring a superintendent in the early summer would give the new official a chance to transition into the role while school is out of session and the next fiscal year's budget process still is ongoing.


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