DeSoto's 11 superintendent applicants cut to 3

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Associated Press

Posted on December 7, 2012 at 2:32 PM

MANSFIELD, La. (AP) — Eleven men and women applied for the position of DeSoto Parish schools superintendent. Only three remain in the running for interviews.

The Times reports (http://bit.ly/TOy8Ke ) the school board cut the field down in a meeting Thursday night.

Left in the running are interim DeSoto schools Superintendent Cade Brumley, of Stonewall; Tammye Turpin, of Calhoun, executive director of instruction and interim chief academic officer for the Monroe City School District; and Jon Whittemore, of Jasper, Texas, former Jasper ISD superintendent.

Interviews for Brumley, Turpin and Whittemore will be conducted in random order beginning at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Each will be given up to an hour. A meeting is set for 6 p.m. Dec. 17 to make the final decision.

A superintendent vacancy was created in DeSoto on Nov. 2 with the unexpected retirement of Superintendent Walter Lee. His departure, with more than a year left on his employment contract, ended his run as the longest serving superintendent in Louisiana, with almost 33 years between Caddo and DeSoto school systems.

Lee left on a high note, though. His retirement came days after the school district attained the No. 1 rank in the state for performance growth, growing from a "D'' to a "B."

Since there was only a three-year gap in Lee's 21 years as DeSoto's school superintendent, few current board members have been through a selection process, a fact noted by board member Dudley Glenn. At times during Thursday's meeting, board members got bogged down in specifics about the selection process, but in the end all were unanimous when it came to their plan moving forward.

The superintendent interviews will be open to the public unless there are personal matters that would have to be discussed behind closed doors.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.shreveporttimes.com

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