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12 apply for Calcasieu Parish superintendent

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The search for a new Superintendent of Calcasieu Parish schools now officially has 12 candidates in the running.

It was the search committee's last meeting Thursday as they wrapped up the final details on the search process.

4:30 P.M. Thursday was the deadline for applications to be in, and with 12 candidates in the running, the committee had some important decisions to make.

R.L. Webb, Chair for the Superintendent Search Committee says, "That's going to give us a wide selection to choose from and I'm satisfied with 12 applicants."

But because half are from out of state, committee members went back and forth on how many they should interview. They finally decided on all 12 via Skype.

"However, if someone say is in Baton Rouge and they would rather be in person for their interview then we would welcome that, but we're not going to pay their expenses for the first interview," explained Webb.

While the committee doesn't have a budget, they will be saving the board money by not flying in out of state candidates until the second round.

"The second one, those invited by the board we will pay their expenses according to Calcasieu Parish School Board policy," added Webb.

And the public was invited to the meeting as well to share their input on what they'd like to see in a new superintendent.

One of the candidates shared his thoughts.

"I'm going to ask that you seriously consider a person who has worked in the field of education, hopefully at all levels," said Joseph Fuecht.

Calcasieu Federation of Teachers President Teri Johnson shared results from their one-question survey.

"What do your employees want to see in the next superintendent? And over 60% specifically said classroom experience," said Johnson.

While only two people gave their input Thursday, the SWLA Economic Development Alliance has also conducted a public survey and will share those responses at Tuesday's board meeting.

While teaching is not a requirement, the qualifications do specify the candidate must have a minimum of 10 years administrative experience in a school system.

All committee action will be brought before the full board Tuesday, May 6.

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