Should the new Superintendent be an educator? Public survey - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Should the new Superintendent be an educator? Public survey shared with CPSB

Public Survey (Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC) Public Survey (Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)
Public Survey (Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC) Public Survey (Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)
Public Survey (Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC) Public Survey (Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)
Public Survey (Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC) Public Survey (Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)
Public Survey (Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC) Public Survey (Source: Erica Bivens/KPLC)
CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

Should the next Calcasieu Parish School Superintendent be an educator? It's a top question as the search to replace Wayne Savoy moves forward.

At Tuesday's Calcasieu Parish School Board meeting, members heard results from a four-question public survey.

"There were 1,394 submissions to the questionnaire," explained Dr. Dustin Hebert, one of the survey conductors.

One of the questions asked was what personality traits the superintendent should possess. Again, the word 'educator' came up.

"The person that will hold people accountable and a person that's an educator, just to comment from different arenas, they're not naming a person, they're not giving a name, but they're saying obviously we want to hire the best person, but that's what I'm hearing, as well, is a person that's an educator," said Joe Andrepont, a CPSB member.

The board was scheduled to go into executive session to discuss the competency of the candidates, however they skipped it because they decided to interview all of the applicants.

"There are only 11 now," said former Superintendent Search Committee Chair, R.L. Webb.

School board officials confirmed Pamela Gray has dropped out of the running.

But when Fredman Hardy stated the board should either interview all candidates by Skype or in-person for the first round, members had mixed reactions.

Billy Breaux said, "I think it's very frugal of the board to come in and only invite the ones we want to re-interview for the second round. At that point I think it'd be wise for us to spend our money and to do that but not in the first round. We're not denying anybody the right, if they want to come; they're more than welcome to stand in front of us."

The board voted to keep the search committee's recommendations. They also learned how the Skype interview would work.

"We have a preliminary plan to setup laptops for the board with headsets. We have our own system, teleconferencing system that we'll be able to put into place, that we're very experienced on using as soon as the board decides on a date and a time," explained Dr. Sheryl Abshire, Chief Technology Officer for the CPSB.

Dr. Abshire says they plan to reach out to the candidates and setup a test run and will have a team present during the interviews to ensure a smooth, fair process.

Board members voted to hold a special-called meeting Tuesday, May 13 at 4:30 P.M. to review questions they'll send to the candidates, possibly schedule interview dates, and decide whether to post candidates resumes online for the public to view.

Copyright 2014 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Concerns raised about possible revisions to Calcasieu sewerage ordinance

    Concerns raised about possible revisions to Calcasieu sewerage ordinance

    Friday, July 21 2017 9:26 PM EDT2017-07-22 01:26:44 GMT

    Local business people are raising a red flag on proposed changes in Calcasieu Parish's sewerage ordinance. Some predict a huge cost increase at multiple levels for developers, realtors and consumers. However, parish officials say those who have read proposed revisions have only seen them because they were seeking input from various segments of the community.

    More >>

    Local business people are raising a red flag on proposed changes in Calcasieu Parish's sewerage ordinance. Some predict a huge cost increase at multiple levels for developers, realtors and consumers. However, parish officials say those who have read proposed revisions have only seen them because they were seeking input from various segments of the community.

    More >>
  • 'Christian's Cajun Adventures' - Christian spends time on a crab boat

    'Christian's Cajun Adventures' - Christian spends time on a crab boat

    Friday, July 21 2017 7:09 PM EDT2017-07-21 23:09:38 GMT
    Source: Christian PiekosSource: Christian Piekos

    In this week's edition of "Christian's Cajun Adventures," KPLC's Christian Piekos spent time on a commercial crabbing vessel. Christian was assisted by Roger Kelly, a veteran crabber.

    Kelly, who also goes by the nickname "Snoopy," has been catching crab since a very young age. It seems like rudimentary work, but Kelly couldn't be happier with his job.

    More >>

    In this week's edition of "Christian's Cajun Adventures," KPLC's Christian Piekos spent time on a commercial crabbing vessel. Christian was assisted by Roger Kelly, a veteran crabber.

    Kelly, who also goes by the nickname "Snoopy," has been catching crab since a very young age. It seems like rudimentary work, but Kelly couldn't be happier with his job.

    More >>
  • McNeese Fall fee deadline approaching

    McNeese Fall fee deadline approaching

    Friday, July 21 2017 4:56 PM EDT2017-07-21 20:56:31 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    The fee deadline for students registered online at McNeese State University is coming up. Students registered for the upcoming Fall semester have until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 to pay fees. McNeese has a new payment plan going into effect this Fall.

    More >>

    The fee deadline for students registered online at McNeese State University is coming up. Students registered for the upcoming Fall semester have until 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 to pay fees. McNeese has a new payment plan going into effect this Fall.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly