Third parties from outside the parish were used to verify nine applicants' credentials and determine if they meet qualifications to obtain a Louisiana certificate, which allows applicants to serve as superintendent.
"I want to say thank you to our neighboring parishes of Bossier and Caddo for their assistance," board president Johnnye Kennon said. "They were most gracious in assisting us."
According to the report read at the WPSB meeting last night, the following candidates are qualified to hold the position of superintendent:
- Mack Bullard of McDonough Georgia, Assistant Superintendent in Macon, Georgia;
- 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.
"The qualifying candidates will receive a letter notifying them to that affect," Kennon said. "The other three will receive a letter and ask them if there is any further information they need to submit. They need to do so in three days."
Stanley Ellis of Germantown, Tennessee, Principal in Ashland, Mississippi and Marvin Jeter III of Tulsa Oklahoma, former Assistant Superintendent & Director of Staff Development in Tulsa may be eligible to meet requirements.
Len Stevens of Plano Texas, Principal in Plano does not meet certification requirements at this time.
All three candidates will be faxed or emailed the letter, which will request the candidate promptly attend to this matter by calling the Louisiana Department of Education and, if applicable, to fax further information back to the WPSB before Friday.
Explanations of why each of the three candidates did not meet qualifications were not readily available to the media last night.
Other agenda items included:
The approval to spend $3,975 for cable installation at Phillips Middle School, where SuddenLink will be donating services free of charge.
The approval to update security systems at North Webster High, which will allow security systems at the school to be linked with Webster Parish Sheriff's Office.
Approval to spend $9,990.36 on Meal Cards, which students will use when purchasing school lunches, rather than memorization of a personal lunch code.
Look for these items and following coverage of the search for a superintendent in a later issue of this publication.
The superintendent search committee will meet Thursday at 5 p.m. to continue with discussion of the candidates for superintendent.