Calcasieu School Superintendent to retire

By By Kara Carrier / American Press

Calcasieu Parish School Superintendent Wayne Savoy asked the School Board on Tuesday to immediately begin looking for his

replacement.

In an emotional and tearful speech, Savoy said that since becoming superintendent in 2006, he has enjoyed every minute of

the job and is proud of the work he has done, but he is ready to spend time with his family.

“Over these years it has become more

and more apparent to me how valuable every minute of your life is and

what you do with

it, especially with your family,” Savoy said. “At this time, I

would like the board to start the process for my replacement

as soon as possible.”

Savoy said he will work with the board and the new superintendent for any length of time the members need to make the transition

easy.

Savoy’s contract ends Dec. 31 and says

he must give the effective date of retirement 90 days before its ending,

he said. “However,

if the board finds a replacement prior to that time, I will work

with the board until they see fit,” he said. “Until that

time comes ... I will work as hard as I’ve always done.”

Annette Ballard, board president, said

the board will form a subcommittee at next month’s meeting to begin

searching for candidates.

Savoy said he is excited about retirement. “I’ve been superintendent since 2006 and been in education since 1970 so it’s time,”

he said.

“I’m getting a little older and everything becomes a little more important. This job has a tendency to consume an individual

... but I can look back and see all the things that we accomplished and be proud.”

Savoy said he wanted to give the board plenty of time to find a candidate who is an educator with vision. “When that person

is found, there may be a transition time or there may not,” he said. “But I will work with the board until then. The board

has been very good to me.”

In other business, a special-called board meeting was set for 4:45 p.m. Jan. 21 to discuss school consolidations proposed

at last month’s budget committee meeting. The meeting will be held at the Central Office.

The School Board was originally supposed to vote on the closure of Ralph Wilson and J.F. Kennedy elementary schools and Reynaud

Middle at Tuesday’s meeting, but officials announced last week that the topic was being pulled from the agenda.