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Timeline established for superintendent search


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The Bossier Parish School Board is entering an aggressive three week schedule to select its new superintendent.

The cutoff date for applications is Friday, April 15. Applications will be picked up at the Benton post office on April 15 at 4 p.m. by current Superintendent D.C. Machen, his secretary, School Board President Sandra “Samm” Darby and Board Vice President Frank Kelly. Applications will be taken back to the central office.

The following Monday, Superintendent Machen and Janiene Batchelor, Bossier Schools Director of Human Resources, will take the applications to DeSoto Parish where an outside source will verify that the applicants are qualified for the position. Machen said this is done to keep the process fair.

On Tuesday, April 19, copies of the applications minus personnel information will be provided for school board members to review. The school board will meet on Thursday, April 21, to decide the number of applicants they wish to interview. Applicants will be informed Friday, April 22, as to whether or not they made the cut for interviews.

Interviews will be held during the week of April 25-29. A first round of interviews will be conducted with the option available to enter second interviews that week as well. Applicant interviews will be done in a regular session and open to the public. The school board does have the option to enter into executive session during the interview process to ask applicants additional questions.

The school board will meet Tuesday, May 3, to conduct a formal vote. The applicant who receives the majority vote will be named Bossier Schools new superintendent.

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