Allen Parish School Board deadlocks once more on superintendent vote

Published: May. 24, 2023 at 3:36 PM CDT|Updated: May. 24, 2023 at 6:21 PM CDT
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ALLEN PARISH, LA (KPLC) - The Allen Parish School Board has deadlocked yet again on the vote for a new superintendent.

A special meeting was held at 5 p.m. Wednesday for the board to vote for the fourth time this month. All votes have resulted in deadlocks of 4 to 4.

The school board has decided to not vote again at the May 24 meeting. The next scheduled meeting is June 5, at 7 p.m.

Instructional Supervisor Brad Soileau and Transportation Supervisor Kenney Courville are vying to replace Kent Reed. Reed’s contract expires on June 30.

“Our concern is we want to someone pretty soon, we need to start planning for next year,” said Reed, the current Allen Parish School Board superintendent. “Right now this is our last week of school, we’re closing up right now. It’s big that we get someone in place to start making our plans for next year.”

According to attorney Jon Guise, the voting will go on indefinitely until one candidate receives five of the eight votes from the board.

“Until there’s 5 of us, you can vote 100 times, you can have an interim for 6 months, but they’ll just have to vote and vote and vote... someone’s going to have to get 5 of us,” Reed said.