Baton Rouge board to begin new superintendent search

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board plans to debate at a special meeting Thursday whether to start advertising for a new superintendent with Bernard Taylor's three-year contract ending June 30.

The Advocate reports ( ) Board President David Tatman announced the special meeting on Tuesday.

In December, several board members pushed to extend Taylor's contract but the effort lacked enough votes to pass and the item was withdrawn. Six months earlier the board voted 10-1 not to extend his contract when it expired.

State law requires that school boards faced with a vacancy and who want a permanent superintendent must, at a minimum, run at least two ads in the designated official journal, in this case The Advocate, at least 30 days before filling the job. The ads must run at least a week apart.

Tatman said he's not sure how broadly the job will be advertised, but may well include publications other than The Advocate.

"Our intention is not to do the bare minimum," he said.

The parish school board has typically hired search firms to conduct nationwide searches when it needed to find a new superintendent. The last local-only search was in January 2002 when the board promoted Clayton Wilcox from interim to permanent superintendent, picking him over 10 other applicants who had responded to ads in The Advocate.

Tatman said he picked three board members to serve on a new "Superintendent Search Process Committee" that will report back with recommendations, perhaps as early as the board's Feb. 19 regular meeting, on how best to go about a search.


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