Who will be the interim leader for Lafayette's Public Schools? That's a question that will be closer to getting answered by the end of the day on Wednesday. Currently, there are nine individuals who have submitted applications with the Lafayette Parish School Board to fill the position of Superintendent on an interim basis.

Of those nine, three will be chosen as finalists for the job based on assessments by each member of the school board. Members have been given complete packages including resumes and cover letters for each of the candidates. Each school board member will select their top three.

The candidates are as follows:(Courtesy of KATC TV)

Brian Thomas Binggeli (Lucas, TX)
Larry E. Dichiara (Auburn, AL)
Dee Oscar Fowler (Madison, AL)
Isaac Carrier (Spring, TX)
Irma Trosclair (Eunice, LA)
Jerome Puyau (Erath, LA)
Bart Thibodeaux (Church Point, LA)
Camacia Smith-Ross (Baton Rouge, LA)
C. Michael Robinson, Jr. (Thibodaux, LA)

The three candidates that receive the most "votes" from members of the board will be invited to be a part of special interview meetings to be held on April 23rd, 24th, and 25th. During those meetings board members will question each candidate about their qualifications and vision for the job.

You and I may also submit questions for each of the finalists. Those questions may be submitted to the School Board president via email (jcentanni@lpssonline.com). Those questions will be assembled and submitted to board members to use during the interview process.

Lafayette is choosing an interim superintendent to replace Dr. Donald Aguilard who is set to retire in May. Since school board elections are slated for this fall, the board thought that it would be wise to choose an interim superintendent for a one year term. This would allow the newly elected board members to choose a permanent superintendent following their post-election installation on the board.