Minden Press-Herald

Oct 02nd

Superintendent search begins

A committee has been formed to search for the upcoming vacant position of Superintendent of Webster Parish Schools.

"I really have enjoyed my job," WPSB Superintendent W.W. "Butch" Williams said. "I love what I do, but I can no longer work for a board that won't cooperate with me or support me."

Butch_WilliamsWilliams' retirement takes effect the end of this school year.

"I hope the board will cooperate with the next superintendent and staff," Williams said. "There are years of experience in those positions."

WPSB President Charles Strong and Vice President Johnnye Kennon will head the committee of five in the quest to find Williams' replacement.

"We had a proposal by Mr. (Ronnie) Broughton at our last board meeting to form a committee to search for a new superintendent," Strong said. "Mrs. Kennon and I have met and recommended that committee be populated by (Malachi) Ridgel, (Jerry) Lott, Broughton, the vice president, and the president."

However, one board member chose to withdraw from the nomination.

"Mr. President, I would like to withdraw my name," said Broughton, District 8. "I don't know how long this is going to take or how much effort. But I don't believe I will have time to do it these next 30 to 45 days. I would suggest replacing me."

In a separate interview Broughton told the Press-Herald he is considering running for state representative in the fall. The position is currently held by Jean Doerge, who won the election over Broughton in the 2007 election. This is Doerge's final term in office.

"I think everyone understands that I am looking at the House of State Representatives," Broughton said. "There is a lot of work that you have to do before you make a final decision. If it were to take a couple of months to find a new superintendent, I am afraid that I wouldn't be able to put into it (the search) what I would need to."

After Broughton's request, Strong opened the floor to board members for nominations to replace Broughton.

Linda Kinsey, District 7, gave the first and only nomination.

"I would like to nominate Mrs. (Frankie) Mitchell," said Kinsey who was seconded by Penny Long, District 12.

There was no objection by the Vice President Kennon or President Strong, who chose the original committee. All board members agreed to the nomination of Mitchell, District 9, who was out of town at the time of the meeting because of family circumstances.

The committee, consisting of Mitchell, Lott, Ridgel, Kennon and Strong was formed through a unanimous vote.

"I really just found out about it today," Mitchell said to the Press-Herald on Thursday. "I look forward to serving as a committee person and working with the other committee members."






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