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Finalists named in search for Bossier’s new superintendent

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And then there were three.

The Bossier Parish School Board has narrowed the field of candidates down to three in its search for a new superintendent.

After two days of rigorous interviews, the candidates receiving the majority of votes were David Thrash, Sherri Pool and Scott Smith. These candidates will go through a second round of interviews with the school board on Thursday. Interviews will be conducted in executive session, which are not open to the public, unless a candidate chooses to have a public interview.

Smith received the most votes at nine, followed by Thrash with eight votes and Pool with seven votes.

David Thrash is currently the principal at Bossier High School in Bossier City. Thrash was named Bossier Parish Principal of the Year in 2010 and Louisiana State Principal of the Year in 2011.

Sherri Pool currently serves as the Supervisor of Programs of Professional Evaluation (COMPASS) and District Person for Bossier Parish Schools. Pool was the principal at Curtis Elementary in Bossier City from July 2005 to June 2014.

Scott Smith is the acting Assistant Superintendent of Bossier Parish Schools. Smith was also principal and assistant principal at Benton Middle/High School in Benton, LA.

Mike Mosura, school board member and search committee chairman, is happy with how the search process has gone, but said it hasn’t been easy.

“So far, I’ve been pleased,” Mosura said, following Tuesday night’s vote. “I think this process has allowed the right people to be selected. In the end, we have a solid top three. We’ll go back to work Thursday and proceed from there.”

The district is seeking a replacement for current Superintendent D.C. Machen, who will retire at the end of the school year. The Bossier School Board received 10 applications for the superintendent position.

Of the four out of parish candidates, only one made it to the first round of interviews. The board revealed Monday that two candidates would not be partaking in their scheduled interviews. Another candidate withdrew Tuesday afternoon before interviews began.

Leland Hand was the first to interview Monday afternoon. Hand is currently the Superintendent of Cross Roads Independent School District (Class AA) in Malakoff, TX.

Also interviewing Monday were Jason Rowland, Scott Smith and Dr. Nichole Bourgeois. Interviewing Tuesday were Sherri Pool, David Thrash and Gisele Proby-Bryant.

The Bossier Parish School Board will meet Tuesday, May 3, at 6 p.m. to name the new superintendent. The candidate who receives seven votes from the board will be selected. The final vote is subject to successful contract negotiations.

The Bossier Press-Tribune will be following this process. Visit www.bossierpress.com for updates.