Superintendent Kent Reed extends his contract at Allen Parish School Board

Published: Jun. 26, 2023 at 5:24 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 26, 2023 at 9:53 PM CDT
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Oberlin, LA (KPLC) - Allen Parish School Board superintendent Kent Reed has extended his contract until Sept. 1.

The school board has been deadlocked for nearly two months between candidates Brad Soileau and Kenney Courville.

A public meeting to decide an interim superintendent was held on June 26, where six board members voted to extend Reed’s contract. Two members, Sally Moreaux and Cathy Farris, voted to oppose the extension.

Reed offered to extend his contract before interim nominations were announced.

“I wish we didn’t have to do this, to be honest with you. Nobody really wants to do this, but I just thought I was asked to do it and it was probably in the best interest of our school district that I remain,” Reed said.

“He’s promised us 60 days, so hopefully we won’t have to go through another process of electing an interim at that point, but we’re going to do what we have to do,” Cathy Farris said.

“Hopefully in that time we can get us a permanent superintendent in place and transition over to a new superintendent,” Reed said.

The board will meet again on July 10. They plan to reinterview the candidates before they vote again.