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SLSB holds special meeting to appoint interim superintendent

Posted at 5:25 PM, Apr 12, 2023
and last updated 2023-04-12 21:43:23-04

The St. Landry Parish School Board voted Supervisor of Child Attendance and Welfare, Dwanetta Scott to serve as interim superintendent as the board continues its search for a permanent replacement.

This comes after last week's decision to buy former Superintendent Patrick Jenkins out of the rest of his contract.

During the special meeting held on April 12, the board voted to move on with five of the seven applicants looking to take over the position permanently.

There was some back and forth during the meeting about outgoing Superintendent Jenkins, still being paid after the board voted to put him on leave for the remainder of his contract.

Jenkins announced in February that he would not be seeking an extension of his contract that ends in June.

There is a state provision that allows for a superintendent to be put on administrative leave with fewer than 90 days left on a contract.

President of St. Landry School Board, District 2, Joyce Haynes tells KATC, "Something that is re-written in Act 1, called Act 292, where Superintendents can get a head start on leaving and being able to pursue their next adventure or job. So it was basically negotiated by him that he could accept that, and the board will have to move forward today or not. It's all a matter of a vote."

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