Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

‘Super’ search kicks off

Committee hopes to hire by August 15

Nine applicants have announced their desire to be the next Webster Parish School Board superintendent.

"I am pleased overall with the number of applicants and the spread of applicants from in and out of the parish," said Charles Strong, Vice President of the Webster Parish School Board. "I think we are in a good position to select our new superintendent."

Louisiana candidates include the following:

  • Morris Busby of Minden, Secondary Supervisor of Webster Parish Schools;
  • Steve Dozier of Ruston, Superintendent, Union Parish School Board;
  • David Phillips of Denham Springs, Assistant Superintendent, East Baton Rouge;
  • Jackie Sharp of Minden, Assistant Superintendent, Webster Parish School Board; and,
  • Kevin Washington of Springhill, Supervisor of Child Welfare & Attendance Webster Parish School Board.

Out-of-state applicants are:

  • Mack Bullard of McDonough Georgia, Assistant Superintendent in Macon, Georgia;
  • Stanley Ellis of Germantown, Tennessee, Principal in Ashland, Mississippi;
  • Marvin Jeter III of Tulsa Oklahoma, former Assistant Superintendent & Director of Staff Development in Tulsa; and,
  • Lan Stevens of Plano Texas, Principal in Plano.

At Monday's meeting, the search committee decided to utilize a third party to verify the credentials of each applicant.

"We want someone independent of our system, a third party, to make sure the applicants meet the requirements for the position," board president, Johnnye Kennon said. "The process could take place the remainder of this week."

Kennon was charged by the committee with the responsibility to seek the third party to conduct the verification.

At the suggestion of the board's attorney, Jon Guice, the board will reach out to neighboring parishes such as DeSoto, Bossier and Caddo to see if someone is available to lend assistance.

The report of the third party will be presented to the board at a meeting on July 25.

"After that, the time-line is tentative," Kennon said. "At that time (meeting on the 25), we will know how many candidates qualify and can make further plans based on that figure."

The committee suggested the following time-line for the progression of the search:

The first three days of August are being held for interviews with qualifying candidates.

A board meeting is set for August 8, at which time top candidates will be discussed or chosen.

Open interviews for the final candidates will be held, allowing public access to the process.

Name a Superintendent on August 15.

"The time-line may change based on the number of qualifying applicants, the number of top candidates and other variables," Kennon said. "It is important we do not rush this process. We certainly want to expedite it, but not to the point where we make hasty decisions."

The responsibilities of superintendent are currently being held by assistant and interim superintendent Jackie Sharp.






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