Posted: Sep 18, 2012 10:06 PM by Steven Albritton
Updated: Sep 19, 2012 9:27 AM
It was a full house that filled the resource center behind the St. Landry School Board offices. Tuesday night five candidates took turns answering questions from the school board.
The first to be interviewed was Port Barre High School Principal William Duplechain. Throughout the interview he stressed how students, teachers and parents must all go the same direction. Parent participation for the future was also key.
Next, was Interim Superintendent Joseph Cassimere. We spoke with him after his interview, and he said he was very confident in the answers he gave to all of the school boards questions.
Edward Brown compared taking on this new endeavor to coaching a brand new athletic team. The challenges are the same and you have to meet them head on.
Dr. Charles Michel is one of the two candidates from outside of the parish.
Coming from Lafouche, he intends on making sure everyone is doing their jobs from the bottom up. If selected he is prepared to face public criticism coming into a community that one board member said was "cliquey."
Finally Dr. Daniel Rawls rounded out the evening. He has turned around other troubled schools and districts in the past and wants people to know they have a good one here. He is prepared to make it better.
The next meeting, where the final vote will be taken, will be held on September 26th at 4 p.m. in the St. Landry Parish Resource Center.