BESE to search for new superintendent replacement

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State Superintendent John White announced he’s stepping down earlier this month and now members of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) are taking the necessary steps to find someone to fill his seat.

A special meeting was held Thursday morning to consider the next steps regarding the selection of a new state superintendent of education.

At the meeting, the board formally received the resignation of White and addressed the search process, candidate criteria, anticipated timeline.

White announced his resignation on January 8th and has served as superintendent since 2012.

During his tenure, Louisiana’s high school graduation rate has climbed 9.1 percent to an all-time high of 81.4 percent, compared to the national growth of 4.6 percentage points during the same period along with an increase in ACT scores.

White’s resignation will be effective March 11, 2020.

That meeting began at 10 a.m. inside the Louisiana Purchase room of the Claiborne building.

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