School board sets timetable for hiring new superintendent
BATON ROUGE-The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board could name a replacement superintendent as early as April 2nd.
The board met Wednesday and formed the groundwork for a search, which the board will spearhead. The school board does not plan to hire a firm to help find candidates.
Advertisements started running Sunday and there will be at least one in a national publication, board member said. The deadline to apply is 4:30 p.m. on March 13th. The board will hold a special meeting five days later, on March 18 to select the top three candidates.
The board scheduled a March 26th public forum where community members and the board will interview those selected. At a similar meeting in February 2012 - the last time the board held a public discussion about selecting a superintendent - public outcry was fierce and the meeting exploded into dramatic testimony from board members and those in attendance. Yelling and screaming escalated, and a sheriff's deputy was asked to help keep order.
Following the public forum, the board hopes to meet and select a finalist on April 2nd. Once a finalist is selected, contract negotiations would begin.
Whoever is selected will replace current superintendent Bernard Taylor. Taylor and the board have often been at odds and the board decided not to renew his contract when a renewal came up for discussion last year.
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