St. Landry

Sep 5, 2012 7:10 PM by Steven Albritton

5 Candidates for St. Landry Parish School Superintendent

The candidates trying to win the votes of the school board all come from different parts of education.

William Duplechain is the current principal at Port Barre High school and has been involved in education for more than 40 years.

Edward Brown works within the Saint Landry Parish School system as the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance.


Joseph Cassimere is the current interim superintendent of the school system. He was appointed back in March after former interim superintendent Donnie Perron resigned. Cassimere ran for superintendent before and lost; but he stayed on as an assistant superintendent. He brings more than 30 years of education experience to the table.

Dr. Charles Michel is from outside of the St. Landry Parish. He is currently the Supervisor of Special Education Curriculum in Lafourche Parish. Michel recently applied to become the Lafayette Schools Superintendent position.

Dr. Daniel Rawls is a retired superintendent from Point Coupee Parish Most recently he became the principal at Stephensville Elementary in Morgan City.

St. Landry School Board President Kyle Boss says he is ready to start this process and he doesn't foresee any problems moving forward with these five candidates. A board meeting is scheduled for Thursday night. When the date is set, the public will be allowed to attend the interview meeting, but not ask questions. They will then narrow the field down to two candidates. A final meeting will be held where the public will be allowed to ask questions. And then a final vote will be made by the school board to determine who will become the next superintendent.

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