BESE special group to present process of selecting new state superintendent

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The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is now taking the next steps into finding a new state superintendent.

Following a special call meeting earlier this month, a group composed of four BESE members will act as the nominating and screening committee regarding candidate qualifications and will develop the process for selecting a new state superintendent.

Current Superintendent John White announced on January 8th he will resign after serving since 2012 and his resignation will be effective in March.

White will address the future of career and technical education in Louisiana during the opening session of the Louisiana Department of Education Jump Start 2020 convention Tuesday morning at 8 a.m.

“The selection of a new State Superintendent is the first and most important order of business for our new Board,” said BESE President Sandy Holloway. “Our objective is to appoint a proven leader who will build on the progress Louisiana has made over the past eight years, and we aim to accomplish this through a process that is expedient, but also very thorough and transparent. Continuity for our students and educators is key, and the Board will work toward a goal of having a selection made by the time Superintendent White departs in March.”

The Board appoints the position of State Superintendent by a two-thirds vote of its total membership. Basic qualifications for the position are defined in state law and BESE policy, and the Board may establish additional qualifications.

The BESE committee will present their process beginning Tuesday at noon and will also hold another presentation on Wednesday, January 29th.

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