Candidates vying for the superintendent position in Bossier Parish will go before the school board next week.
First round interviews will be held Monday, April 25, and Tuesday, April 26, at the Bossier Instructional Center, located at 2719 Airline Drive in Bossier City. These interviews are open to the public and will begin at 2 p.m.
Candidates who will interview Monday are (in order) Leland Hand, Jason Rowland, Scott Smith, Dr. Nichole Bourgeois.
Candidates who will interview Tuesday are (in order) Alonzo “Lonnie” Ray Luce, Sherri Pool, David Thrash, Gisele Proby-Bryant.
The school board voted Thursday night to interview all eight candidates. Each candidate will be given up to five minutes to make opening remarks before answering questions from the school board and a question from the public, which will be selected from a pool of submitted questions via the Bossier Schools website. Interviews are scheduled to last one hour and the school board has the option to enter executive session with each candidate.
The district is seeking a replacement for current Superintendent D.C. Machen, who will retire at the end of the school year. Bossier Schools announced Tuesday there were 10 candidates for the job. However, Mark Torbert withdrew his name from the process and the application for Victoria Bridges Miles has since been disqualified.
Superintendent Machen explained: “There was a contradiction in the application packet whether the applicant met the criteria as set forth by the Louisiana Department of Education, regarding certification as a Louisiana Schools Superintendent. We afforded the applicant the opportunity to get that information to us to confirm they had met the criteria. The applicant was unable to do so. Therefore, the application was no longer a qualified application.”
Upon the completion of Tuesday’s interviews, each board member will select their three finalists. The three candidates receiving the majority votes will be asked back to a second round of interviews. This second round will be conducted in executive session and not open to the public. Second interviews will be held Thursday, April 28, at the Bossier Instructional Center.
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.
Questions From Public Sought for Superintendent Applicants
Have a question for Bossier Schools’ next Superintendent? We value your input. The Bossier Parish School Board will begin interviewing applicants for the Bossier Parish School Board Superintendent position on Monday, April 25 and the community is encouraged to take part.
Simply submit questions you feel are important to the district that the next Superintendent should address. Questions will be drawn randomly and asked aloud during public interviews the week of April 25. Each candidate will be asked the same questions from the public to ensure fairness.
To submit a question, click here. Questions should be submitted by 8 a.m. Monday, April 25.
About the Candidates
Leland Hand is currently the Superintendent of Cross Roads Independent School District (Class AA) in Malakoff, TX. Hand was also Assistant Superintendent at Warren Independent School District (Class AAAA) in Warren, TX from 2004 to 2006.
Jason Rowland is currently the principal of Airline High School in Bossier City. Rowland was also assistant principal at Benton High School and Airline High School between 2001 and 2010.
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.
Dr. Nichole Bourgeois is currently the principal of Parkway High School in Bossier City. Bourgeois was previously the assistant principal at Parkway and a teacher at Airline High School.
Alonzo “Lonnie” Ray Luce is currently the superintendent of St. James Parish Schools in Lutcher, LA. Luce was also the deputy superintendent of Greenville County Schools in Greenville, SC.
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.
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.
Gisele Proby-Bryant currently serves as the Director of Special Education for Bossier Parish Schools. Bryant was also principal of T.O. Rusheon Middle School in Bossier City from June 2000 to June 2008.