UPDATE – The Crowley Chamber of Commerce is reporting that the school board selected Scott Richard to be its next superintendent.
ORIGINAL STORY – The Acadia Parish School Board is getting to know its three finalists in the search of the district’s next superintendent.
They are Allen Blanchard who is currently Assistant Superintendent in St. Martin Parish, Ralph Thibodeaux, Superintendent of Louisiana Special Schools and Scott Richard, the Executive Director of the Louisiana School Boards Association.
With his 27 years of experience in the education, Blanchard touted his ability to find solutions to any problem.
“I don’t have a grand vision for changing the district overnight. My intention is to come in and work with the people who are here, learn who they are and what they do. Learn people’s strengths and weaknesses for myself and make changes where I see fit.” said Blanchard.
Thibodeaux emphasized the importance of making sure every child has the support they need.
“You can move and put a little extra into getting the next level and getting to that point. You can actually move schools up letter grades, eventually one by one.” said Thibodeaux.
Richard explained that he wants take advantage of the parish’s location between Lafayette and Lake Charles.
“If I’m elected as your superintendent, shortly after coming on board there would be a clearly articulated plan, 100-120 day plan and the next step would be to make sure that we get a good start to the school year. Those are the two deliverables that I would be able to provide.” said Richard.
The current superintendent John Bourque announced his retirement this February and will leave this summer.
His successor will be chosen at the APSB meeting on June 4th.