Pointe Coupee School Board searching for new superintendent
POINTE COUPEE - The Pointe Coupee School Board is searching for a new leader.
Current superintendent, Linda D'Amico, announced she'll be retiring at the end of her term in June, just months before the school board planned to open a new career academy that she pioneered.
"That's one of the reasons I would have liked to see Mrs. D'Amico hang around," said school board member, James Cline. "We would've liked to see her finish some of the things she started but we have to respect someone's right to decide to retire."
A federal judge shut down Pointe Coupee Central High School last May after the State Recovery District failed to improve test scores, then ordered the board come up with a plan.
After much debate the board voted on D'Amico's plan to open a career academy, but it has yet to be approved.
Her retirement has some residents feeling less confident than ever in the new school, but school board members trust D'Amico will get it approved before she walks away and believe the next superintendent will be more than qualified.
"We're going to hire the best person for our school board, our students and our parish," Cline said.
School Board President, Frank Aguillard, says there are 12 candidates vying for the spot. The interviews, open to the public, will take place next Monday.
Aguillard says the plan for the new academy will be submitted to the judge in the next few weeks, it could open in the fall of next year.