Apr 11, 2013 8:49 AM by AP
After nearly a yearlong search, Nason Authement of Houma is the new superintendent of Rapides Parish Schools.
The Town Talk reports Authement was selected Wednesday by a 5-4 vote of the school board, edging Rick Williams of McKinney, Texas. Karl Carpenter, the principal at Pineville High School, was the third finalist. He did not receive any votes from the board.
Authement will replace Gary L. Jones, who resigned Sept. 1, 2012 to take a job with the state department of education. The board had decided, in a 5-4 vote, on May 1 to not renew Jones' contract when it was due to expire Dec. 31.
Gerald Woodard, a retired superintendent from Grant Parish, has been serving as interim superintendent.