Ascension Schools furthers its Superintendent Search

Staff Report

The Ascension Parish School Board has decided against naming finalists from its first set of interviewees, and has instead voted to re-advertise for the position of Superintendent of Ascension Public Schools.

The Board interviewed four semi-finalists during the week of May 30, and were slated to pick finalists on the evening of June 7. Instead, the Board decided to start the search over by re-advertising the position.

"I would like to thank the Board for working together through this process and all the applicants for expressing interest in our school system. We will continue to move forward until we get the right person," said Ascension Parish School Board President Patricia Russo.

Russo directed Board staff to move as quickly as possible in placing ads and expediting the search process.

In March, the Ascension Parish School Board voted on a base salary in the range of $185,000 for its next superintendent, who will head the school district of approximately 22,000 students and nearly 3,000 employees. The new salary range is approximately $20,000 more than the $164,000 a year paid to former Superintendent Patrice Pujol, who retired at the end of February, after more than three decades in the school system to accept a position as the president of the National Institute of Excellence in Teaching.

A. Denise Graves is serving as Interim Superintendent until a permanent replacement is hired, which the Board has said they hope to name by July.

Information about the superintendent search will continue to be posted at The Board will retain executive search firm, Ray and Associates, Inc., to assist them in the search.