Local education leader hopes to be the next State Superintendent of Education

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - A local education leader is putting her skills to the test.

Dr. Heather Poole, Executive Vice Chancellor of Student Services, Enrollment Management and Foundation Relations at Central Louisiana Technical Community College | Source: KALB

Dr. Heather Poole applied to become Louisiana’s next State Superintendent of Education.

Poole currently works as the Executive Vice Chancellor of Student Services, Enrollment Management and Foundation Relations at Central Louisiana Technical Community College. She’s been at the school since 2015.

The search for a new superintendent began after current Superintendent of Education John White announced his resignation.

Poole says through her various roles in education, she says getting students prepared for college would be a top priority.

“We need to focus more attention and funding for career technical education,” Dr. Poole said. She says it provides opportunities for students “to get them a job immediately after high school— especially in our rural communities.”

She also mentioned making improvements to the Jumpstart program so Louisiana students can learn more about career fields while still enrolled in K-12.

“When you look at what the Department of Education should be producing, it is a student that’s ready for college,” she said. “When so many kids graduate without readiness skills, you realized we’re not doing our job as a state.”

White plans to step down from his post on Mar. 11.

The application process ends on Friday. A search committee plans to recommend applicants to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE.)

To appoint a superintendent, it requires a two-thirds vote of the 11-member board.

They hope to have the position filled by early June.

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