Superintendent search set to start

By By Kara Carrier / American Press

The Calcasieu Parish School Board

unanimously voted Tuesday to approve the superintendent application

packet recommended by

the Superintendent Search Committee, with only a few minor

revisions. R.L. Webb, committee chairman, said that by the board

approving the packet the superintendent position will officially

open Wednesday, March 12.

Revisions to the packet included

changing the salary base from a maximum of $150,000 to a minimum

negotiable salary of $150,000.

Other revisions were to wording, removing personal information

from documents available to the public and changing some advertising


“I want the very best that we can get

for our children, teachers and administration,” Webb said. “As a

committee, we have

done everything we could to get ready to search for the right

person. We are putting a wide net out there to capture who can

be the best for our school system.”

According to Webb, if print advertising

goes according to the approved schedule, the job will close on May 1.

The law says

the position has to stay open at least 30 days after the last

print advertisement runs, he said. The search committee’s next

meeting will be at 4:45 p.m. March 25 at the central office.

Welding shop

In other business, tempers flared over a

new welding shop for Starks High School. The budget committee voted

last month to

recommended that the board approve construction of a building at a

cost of $600,000, which would be paid for with riverboat


Board member Jim Karr said the school’s current shop is in disrepair with flooding problems and outdated ventilation. According

to Karr, the welding program at Starks helps provide job-ready graduates for the community.

Board members Clara Duhon and Mack Dellafosse questioned spending such a large amount of money for a small number of students.

“We chose to close Reynaud Middle School with 130 or so kids, but we will spend $600,000 for 15,” Duhon said. “That shows

some bias on this board.”

In response, board member Randy

Burleigh said the board spent more than twice that amount on Reynaud

over the years. “Until

that community decides that they want to change, there won’t be

change,” Burleigh said. “I don’t care how much money we throw

at them. To say that we didn’t do anything, I think that is a slap

in the face, and it’s an outright lie.”

The board ultimately approved the construction of the welding shop, with only Dellafosse and Duhon voting against it.