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Six candidates vying for Iberia Parish School's superintendent position

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Six people are vying to replace Iberia Parish Superintendent Dale Henderson who announced he will retire at the end of the current school year on June 30th. 

This morning, KATC's Katie Lopez took a closer look at all six of the candidates. The Iberia Parish School Board is scheduled to meet tonight and make a decision on the candidate that will replace Henderson. 

That regular meeting will begin at 5:30 pm at the Iberia Parish School Board administrative offices.

Allen Blanchard, Junior is the director of Human Resources, Operations, and Transportation for Saint Martin Parish Schools. He has worked in the school system for 26 years. 

Dr. Pat Cooper has worked in education for 46 years and served as superintendent in Lafayette Parish, West Feliciana Parish, and McComb, Mississippi. While in Lafayette, Cooper was fired because of management concerns. However, Louisiana's Supreme Court recently ruled that the termination was wrongful. 

Dr. James Gray worked as Director of School Leadership for Vermilion Parish School since 2012. Before that he worked in the Iberia Parish School system. Since 1995 he coached, taught, and served as principal of Anderson Middle and Westgate High. 

Michael Judice is the assistant superintendent of Administration for Iberia Parish Schools. He has been on the job for 11 years and with the school system since 1985. He also worked as a coach and teacher, assistant principal at Anderson Middle and principal of Loreauville High. 

Curt Landry is the principal of New Iberia Senior High, a position he has held for 12 years. He also held the position of assistant principal for five years. Before his work in administration, Landry taught math in Iberia and Saint Martin Parish. 

Carey Laviolette has worked in Iberia Parish Schools for 39 years. She is currently the district's assistant superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction. She has also worked as a teacher, guidance counselor, drug prevention coordinator, and assistant principal. 

State law requires a vote by the entire board, and the winner must have at least eight votes. 
 

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