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Four finalists entered the last round of interviews Saturday to become Superintendent of Calcasieu Parish schools.

But only one left with the title.

Round by round, Calcasieu Parish School Board Members voted out candidates for Superintendent.

In the first round, Dr. Ina Delahoussaye was eliminated. Round two saw Dr. Marcus Jackson voted out.

Saturday's final decision left Dr. Charles Michel and Karl Bruchhaus. But only one would become the next Superintendent.

"Mr. Karl Bruchhaus, congratulations," said CPSB President Annette Ballard.

Ballard says it was stiff competition, but they're thrilled with the decision, "To be able to have a superintendent with the leadership capabilities of Mr. Bruchhaus is really exciting."

Bruchhaus, the current Chief Financial Officer for the board, also says he's excited and honored and expects the transition into the position to be fairly simple.

"Well, fortunately having been in the system for 17 years I'm fairly well aware on what goes on in a daily basis," said Bruchhaus.

Though not an educator, which brought debate in the process, his business background will require him to have a Chief Academic Officer.

"We happen to have a vacant seat down the hall where the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Instruction once sat, so we'll essentially fill that job with the Chief Academic Officer," explained Bruchhaus.

While it was a lengthy process, Ballard says it was necessary. When asked if she thought it was a fair and unbiased selection process, she said, "You know it's a very difficult decision to make but I truly believe the board members studied all of the applications, they listened to the interviews and I think everybody was sincere in wanting to make the best decision."

For Bruchhaus, the decision to run stems from this, "We are the foundation of the future; we're going to be responsible for a whole generation of children, now. And we talked about the urgency awhile ago, that is the urgency. They have one shot at it and we have to make it right."

Vote:

Round 1 – Dr. Marcus Jackson

Joe Andrepont – No

Annette Ballard – No

Dale Bernard – No

Billy Breaux – Yes

Randy Burleigh – Yes

Mack Dellafosse – Yes

Clara Duhon – Yes

Chad Guidry – No

Fred Hardy – Yes

Bill Jongbloed – No

Jim Karr – No

Bryan LaRocque – No

Jim Schooler – No

Roman Thompson – Yes

R.L. Webb – No

Round 1 – Dr. Ina Delahoussaye

Joe Andrepont – No

Annette Ballard – Yes

Dale Bernard – Yes

Billy Breaux – No

Randy Burleigh – No

Mack Dellafosse – No

Clara Duhon – Yes

Chad Guidry – No

Fred Hardy – Yes

Bill Jongbloed – No

Jim Karr – No

Bryan LaRocque – No

Jim Schooler – No

Roman Thompson – Yes

R.L. Webb – No

Round 1 – Dr. Charles Michel

Joe Andrepont – Yes

Annette Ballard – Yes

Dale Bernard – Yes

Billy Breaux – Yes

Randy Burleigh – Yes

Mack Dellafosse – Yes

Clara Duhon – Yes

Chad Guidry – Yes

Fred Hardy – Yes

Bill Jongbloed – No

Jim Karr – No

Bryan LaRocque – No

Jim Schooler – No

Roman Thompson – Yes

R.L. Webb – Yes

Round 1 – Karl Bruchhaus

Joe Andrepont – Yes

Annette Ballard – Yes

Dale Bernard – Yes

Billy Breaux – Yes

Randy Burleigh – Yes

Mack Dellafosse – No

Clara Duhon – Yes

Chad Guidry – Yes

Fred Hardy – No

Bill Jongbloed – Yes

Jim Karr – Yes

Bryan LaRocque – Yes

Jim Schooler – Yes

Roman Thompson – No

R.L. Webb – Yes

Round 2 – Dr. Marcus Jackson

Joe Andrepont – No

Annette Ballard – No

Dale Bernard – No

Billy Breaux – No

Randy Burleigh – No

Mack Dellafosse – Yes

Clara Duhon – Yes

Chad Guidry – No

Fred Hardy – Yes

Bill Jongbloed – No

Jim Karr – No

Bryan LaRocque – No

Jim Schooler – No

Roman Thompson – Yes

R.L. Webb – No

Round 2 – Dr. Charles Michel

Joe Andrepont – Yes

Annette Ballard – No

Dale Bernard – No

Billy Breaux – Yes

Randy Burleigh – Yes

Mack Dellafosse – Yes

Clara Duhon – Yes

Chad Guidry – Yes

Fred Hardy – Yes

Bill Jongbloed – No

Jim Karr – No

Bryan LaRocque – No

Jim Schooler – No

Roman Thompson – Yes

R.L. Webb – No

Round 2 – Karl Bruchhaus

Joe Andrepont – Yes

Annette Ballard – Yes

Dale Bernard – Yes

Billy Breaux – Yes

Randy Burleigh – Yes

Mack Dellafosse – No

Clara Duhon – No

Chad Guidry – Yes

Fred Hardy – No

Bill Jongbloed – Yes

Jim Karr – Yes

Bryan LaRocque – Yes

Jim Schooler – Yes

Roman Thompson – No

R.L. Webb – Yes

Round 3 – Dr. Charles Michel

Joe Andrepont – Yes

Annette Ballard – No

Dale Bernard – No

Billy Breaux – No

Randy Burleigh – No

Mack Dellafosse – Yes

Clara Duhon – Yes

Chad Guidry – No

Fred Hardy – Yes

Bill Jongbloed – No

Jim Karr – No

Bryan LaRocque – No

Jim Schooler – No

Roman Thompson – Yes

R.L. Webb – No

Round 3 – Karl Bruchhaus

Joe Andrepont – No

Annette Ballard – Yes

Dale Bernard – Yes

Billy Breaux – Yes

Randy Burleigh – Yes

Mack Dellafosse – No

Clara Duhon – No

Chad Guidry – Yes

Fred Hardy – No

Bill Jongbloed – Yes

Jim Karr – Yes

Bryan LaRocque – Yes

Jim Schooler – Yes

Roman Thompson – No

R.L. Webb – Yes

Following Press Release from Calcasieu Parish School Board:

On Saturday, June 14, the Calcasieu Parish School Board voted to appoint Karl Bruchhaus Superintendent of Calcasieu Parish public schools.

Board of Education President Annett Ballard stated, "selecting a new Superintendent is the most important task a school board is charged with, and we are truly honored to welcome Mr. Bruchhaus into his new role with the district and look forward to the seeing what great things he has in store for the children of Calcasieu Parish."

Karl Bruchhaus has served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Calcasieu Parish School Board since 1996 with more than 25 years of experience as an administrator in the Louisiana public education system.

Since his graduation from McNeese State University with an accounting degree in 1987, Mr. Bruchhaus has served in a financial capacity with a number of state school districts including DeSoto Parish as coordinator of accounting, St. John the Baptist Parish as business manager/controller, Vermillion Parish as financial services officer, and Jefferson Davis Parish as director of finance. 

Across the state, Mr. Bruchhaus is regarded as one of the top school board professionals. As current president, and former board member, of the Louisiana Association of School Business Officials (LASBO) he assists in the organization of various continuing education opportunities for school business personnel.  He is also a certified member of LASBO and the Government Finance Officers Association on both state and national levels. 

Mr. Bruchhaus and his wife Paula, a teacher at Prien Lake Elementary School, have been married for more than 25 years. Their two children, Christian and Bailey, attend McNeese State University. 

The national search to fill the superintendent vacancy began after Wayne Savoy, current CPSB Superintendent of Schools, announced his retirement in January 2014.

The search committee sought out public input via surveys and a community forum in order to develop a profile for the next superintendent. The selection process consisted of two rounds of public interviews beginning with the nine qualified candidates and concluding with the four finalists selected by the Board.

 "It's a very difficult decision to make, but I truly believe that all of our Board members studied the applicants and their qualifications to make the decision as to which person could best serve our students and the district as a whole," stated Ballard.

On June 18, the Board will hold a special-called meeting to discuss the new superintendent's contract and starting date.

The district will schedule meet-and-greet events for the community to meet the new superintendent before the start of the 2014-15 school year.

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