Rapides Parish School Board announces 8 superintendent applicants

ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - The Rapides Parish School Board called a special meeting Monday to announce the names of eight applicants who applied for the superintendent position.

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Legally the board was only allowed to read the names into public record, but KALB was able to independently verify where the applicants are from.

The following eight applicants are being considered:
Kimberly Bennett - Rapides Parish Executive Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum
Dr. Camacia Smith-Ross -- Former Louisiana College Dean of Education
Deborah Heitman -- Former Rosenthal Elementary Principal
Dr. Corwin Robinson - St. Tammany Parish School District
Jesse Winston Jr. - Morehouse Parish School District
Dr. Myron Spencer - Houston, Texas
Jeff Powell - Iberville Parish School District
Brian Binggeli - Lucas, Texas

Originally the board's goal was to have 10 or more applicants. Board members said in past superintendent searches they had 15-20 candidates. There was some debate Monday night about extending the search to July 11 and having current Executive Assistant Superintendent of Administration Clyde Washington become Interim Superintendent. However, that motion did not pass.

Superintendent search committee member Sandra Franklin said they wanted to be thorough.

"The concern that I have, we don't want to lag it out and we don't want to rush through it either," Franklin said. "We want to make sure we do it as expeditiously as possible, so we can get the best person. We are going to vet them. We are going to have another board meeting on Wednesday to go into executive session to review those applicants."

From here applications will be reviewed by Superintendent Authement and board members. First round interviews will take place sometime next week.

The board will hold a public forum with the final few candidates on Monday, June 24 at 6 p.m.

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