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Superintendent finalists named

Last Modified: Thursday, June 05, 2014 1:09 PM

By Kara Carrier / American Press

The Calcasieu Parish School Board narrowed down the nine candidates vying for the superintendent position Wednesday to four finalists during a special-called meeting.

The finalists are Marcus D. Jackson of Atlanta, Charles S. Michel of Metairie, and Ina F. Delahoussaye and Karl Bruchhaus, both of Lake Charles.

Jackson is the principal at Kendrick Middle School in Jonesboro, Ga. According to his resume, he has held several administrative positions in the Clayton County public school system.

Michel is the supervisor of special education for Lafourche Parish schools. He has held various teaching and administrative positions since 1984.

Delahoussaye retired in 2013 as the Calcasieu school system’s director of Title I technical assistance. She has more than 35 years of education experience, which includes teaching and several administrative positions in the Central Office.

Bruchhaus is the school system’s chief financial officer, a position he has held since 1996. According to his resume, Bruchhaus has worked in several Louisiana school systems’ central offices in various finance positions for 26 years.

Before voting began, Annette Ballard, board president, said the board would use the same voting and elimination process that was used for the last superintendent selection, which included rounds of voting in an open session.

Candidates were voted on by their interview order, with each board member voting “yes” or “no” for each during only two rounds of voting. Board members were allowed to cast one less vote than the number of candidates each round. Votes were tallied for each candidate after each round. The candidate or candidates (in the case of a tie) who received the lowest number of “yes” votes were eliminated.

During the first round, Shirl Edward Gilbert II of Baton Rouge; Corwin K. Robinson of Clarksville, Tenn.; and James Hughes of Milan, Tenn., were eliminated. All three candidates were tied, each receiving only one “yes” vote.  

During the second round, Kirk Credeur of Lake Charles and Art Stellar of Hingham, Mass., were eliminated. Credeur and Stellar tied, with each receiving five “yes” votes.

Earlier this week, Ballard said she was excited about the caliber of the candidates. “This has been such a long process, but it’s so important for us do it right,” she said. 

“We are so fortunate with the quality of the candidates. I am confident that we are going to make a very fair and clear decision that will be what’s best for the parish.”

Background checks on the four finalists will be disclosed in an executive session at the board’s next regular meeting, at 4:45 p.m. June 10. Ballard said during the meeting in an open session, the finalists’ names will be drawn to determine their interview order. Final interviews are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. June 14.  

Final interviews will include 45 minutes in executive session and 45 minutes in open session. Immediately following the interviews, the board will use the same process as before to vote and select the superintendent. The name of the candidate selected will be announced that day.

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