|A New Superintendent|
Who will it be? Meet the candidates ...
Interviews for three of six candidates for superintendent of Webster Parish schools will be held Monday August 8 from 4 until 6 p.m. with the remaining three scheduled for Friday August 12 at the same times.
"In attempts to keep this process fair and involve the community, we will be holding interviews that are open to the public, and we want all board members to be present," board president Johnnye Kennon said.
The board may go into executive session at the request of individual candidates to discuss matters that may compromise the privacy of the candidate.
Below are brief biographies about the candidates. Each one was contacted and asked the same four questions. Candidates' responses were limited to approximately 20 words per answer and are published in alphabetical order.
Mack Henry Bullard
Interview Friday, August 12 at 5 p.m.
Editor's note: Information from Dr. Mack Henry Bullard of McDonough, Georgia, was unavailable at press-time. Below is informaton collected from his resume. The Minden Press-Herald will publish Dr. Bullard's photo and answers to our questions in Monday's edition, or on our Web site, press-herald.com, as soon as it is made available.
Asst. Supt. for School Administration, Bib County, Macon, Georgia from 2007-2011
Director of Student Services, Clayton County, Jonesboro, Georgia from 2004-2006
Principal of Forest Park Middle School, Forest Park, Georgia from 2000-2004
Asst. Principal of Morrow High School, Morrow, Ga from 1997-2000
Ph.D from The University of Southern Miss, Administration and Supervision, in 1998.
M.Ed from The University of West Georgia, Special Education, Educational Leadership, in 1994.
B.S. from Morris Brown College, Psycology, in 1988.
Interview Friday, August 12 at 4 p.m.
Morris Busby of Minden said his greatest accomplishment has been the success of his students.
"Teaching and caring for students should be at the core of all educational decisions," he said. "I was inspired by some very dedicated teachers at Stewart Elementary, Lowe Jr. High and Minden High to consider teaching.
"I am motivated each day to look for ways that I can contribute to providing the best educational opportunities for the students of Webster Parish," Busby continued.
Busby said the Superintendent must communicate a shared vision of educational excellence for all students and work with the Board, staff and parents to provide such.
Secondary supervisor of Webster Parish Schools from 2006 to present.
Principal Minden High School from 1997 to 2006
Principal Shongaloo High School from 1991-1997
Teacher Shongaloo High School from 1980-1991
B.A. from Northwestern State University Secondary Education, Social Studies and Math, in 1978
M.A. from Louisiana Tech University, History and School Administration, in 1986
M.A. +30 from Louisiana Tech University, School Administration, in 1994
Continuing Education from Louisiana Tech University, professional coursework, from 1988-2010.
Interview Monday, August 8 at 5 p.m.
Steven Wayne Dozier of Ruston said his most exciting accomplishment was the opening of the first Department of Defense School in the past 50 years, which was located in Guam.
“Coach Gerald Walling was a big influence on me becoming an educator and coach,” Dozier said. “I enjoyed sports and helping others improve.
“I enjoy my work as an educator and enjoy seeing students succeed,” he continued. “I know we have an important role in the success of every kid’s life.”
Dozier said a superintendent is responsible for the entire operation of the School System and ensuring that all pieces work together for student success.
Superintendent of Union Parish, Farmerville from 2007-present
Superintendent of Hull-Daisetta ISD, Hull-Daisetta, Texas from 2003-2007
School Improvement Supervisor / Principal Roosevelt Roads MHS, DOD Puerto Rico, Ceiba, Puerto Rico from 2000-2003
Deputy Superintendent, Guam DDESS, Agana, Guam from 1997-2000
Superintendent Certification received from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1996.
Masters Degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, Professional Mid Manage Administration, in 1985.
Bachelors received from University of Houston, Health/Physical Education in 1976.
Interview Friday, August 12 at 6 p.m.
David Phillips of Denham Springs said the greatest accomplishment in his career in education is providing technology resources, grants and training to teachers and students at Robert E Lee High School.
"It changed the entire academic program and way of doing business," he said. "The lack of interest my high school teachers showed me motivated me to begin my career in edication. I was driven to forever change that with my students.
"Knowing that I can impact a child's life forever, that's what keeps me motivated to continue in education," he continued. "I want them (students) to have what they need to follow or build a dream. Whatever it takes."
Phillips said the most important responsibility of a superintendent is to make the board the best it can be and to be the instructional leader for all stakeholders.
Masters of Education from Southern University and A&M College in Administration and Supervision in 1993
B.A. from Southern Louisiana University in Music Education on 1979
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Area III, High Schools for East Baton Rouge Parish School System from July 2010 to present.
Acting Associate Superintendent for Instructional Support Services for EBRPSS from October of 2009 to June of 2010.
Acting Principal at Scotlandville Magnet High School and Center of Excellence in Baton Rouge from July to October in 2009.
Director of High School Programs. for EBRPSS from March 2008 to July 2009
Principal for Robert E. Lee High in Baton Rouge from July 2003 to March 2008
Assistant Principal for Administration at Zachary High School in Zachary from July 1995 to july 2003
Acting Assistant Principal for Instruction from March to June in 1995.
Band Director and Dean of Students of Zachary High School in Zachary from August 1988 to March 1995
Band Director for Northwestern Middle School/ Zachary High School in Zachary from August 1987 to May 1998
Band Director at Zachary High School in Zachary from August 1980 to March 1995
String Specialist as a traveling teacher in Baton Rouge from January 1980 to May 1980
Band Director at Valley Forge Academy in Amite from August 1978 to December 1979.
Jackie Hall Sharp
Interview Monday, August 8 at 4 p.m.
Jackie Hall Sharp of Minden said the greatest accomplishment in her career in education has been her outstanding staff and students.
"Harper (elementary school) raised the SPS from 75.4 in fall 1999 to 106.2 when I left in 2002," she said. "I was motivated to begin my career in education by teaching my younger siblings and cousins every afternoon after school in my own 'classroom' at home.
"I care deeply about the future of education in Webster Parish," she continued. "I want our children to be well-prepared for post-secondary life."
Sharp said the most important responsibility of a superintendent is to recognize and meet the needs of the people in the school system, especially students.
Assistant Superintendent, Webster Parish School Board, Minden from 2006-present
Secondary Supervisor, Webster Parish School Board, Minden from 2002-2006
Principal - Harper Elementary, Webster Parish School Board, Minden from 1999-2002
Principal - Shongaloo High, Webster Parish School Board, Minden, LA from 1997-1999
M.A +30 from Louisiana Tech University, English Education, in,1982.
Master of Arts from Louisiana Tech University, English Education, in 1978.
Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana Tech University, English Education, in 1974.
Kevin J. Washington
Interview Monday, August 8 at 6 p.m.
Kevin J. Washington of Springhill said his greatest accomplishments in his educational career are not centered on his personal goals and accomplishments; but those students and families he has been given the opportunity to serve.
"I joy to see students and their families move from despair and hopelessness to reaching their goals and dreams," he said. "Motivation for my educational career started at home with my mother and father who gave much of their lives to public service.
"I am motivated to continue my career in education based on the concepts that greatness comes through service," Washington continued. "I want to give back what was given to me."
Washington said the most important responsibility of a superintendent is to provide leadership; inspire vision and communicate the vision to all stakeholders.
Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance for Webster Parish, Minden from 2003 to present
Principal of Webster Parish Union Elementary, Doyline from 2002-2003
Principal of Webster Parish Alternative School in Minden from 2000-2002
Teacher at Webster Parish Alternative School in Minden from 1991-2000
Plus 30 received from Louisiana Tech University, Educational Leadership, in 2000.
Masters received from Grambling State University, Master of Arts in Teaching. in 1995.
Alternative Certification in Teaching received from Grambling State University, Social SCience, in 1992.
Bachelors of Arts received from Grambling State University, History, in 1989.