The Lafayette Parish School Board voted unanimously on Wednesday to make Irma Trosclair the new Interim Superintendent. Trosclair will replace current superintendent, Dr. Don Aguillard, who will retire in May.
“I’m feeling excited. I’m feeling honored. I’m feeling very committed to doing the good work that Dr. Aguillard has started in Lafayette Parish,” Trosclair said.
Trosclair has more than 30 years in education, the last three, right here in Lafayette Parish.
“I felt that I was the best candidate for this position because I felt very strongly that my career prepared me for this responsibility. I’ve always taken student achievement very seriously and this was an opportunity on a larger platform and scale to empower and support leaders,” Trosclair said.
Other employees in the district celebrated in Trosclairs success on Wednesday night.
“Her years of experience and her vision, and her devotion to student achievement, and making sure all of our children have great educational experience is her number one priority,” Kathy Aloisio said.
On behalf of the teachers in Lafayette Parish, the association president says this was a step in the right direction.
“Tonight.. seeing what the candidates brought to the table, there is a lot of room where we can see some improvement in some the requirements our district has had in recent years,” Jonathan Cole said.
Trosclair says with any new position comes new challenges. She is thankful for the solid team backing her. She said she is prepared to finish the job left by Dr. Aguillard.
“He brought a calmness, a consistency to this district. A great leader. I’ve learned so much and he is actually one that had a lot of confidence in me, to hire me in Lafayette as an outsider and a stranger, but he relied on the work and trusted my record,” Trosclair said.
Dr. Aguillards last day in office will be May 17th. Irma Trosclair will remain in her new position until the new board is voted in, in January and they pick a permanent superintendent.