Tanner applies for superintendent job

Published 8:18 am Monday, February 20, 2017

Franklinton High School principal Lisa Tanner is among the seven educators who have applied to be the next superintendent of the Bogalusa City Schools.

Current superintendent Willie “Toni” Breaux has already announced her resignation from the position on June 30, and the Bogalusa City School Board recently closed the application process for the job opening.

Tanner is the only person who works in Washington Parish who has applied for the position. The other applicants are:

  • Dr. Byron M. Lyons, director of human resources, East Cleveland City Schools, East Cleveland, Ohio.
  • Dr. Victoria B. Miles, director of federal programs, Keller Independent School District, Keller, Texas.
  • Terran Perry, principal of St. John the Baptist Schools, Reserve.
  • Dr. Sandra L. Reed, chief academic officer, Scena Consulting, Long Beach, Miss.
  • Dr. Melissa M. Stilley, network leader in district support, Louisiana Department of Education, Baton Rouge.
  • Dr. Jerri Williams-Harper, director of Adolescent Vocational Exploration Urban League of Onondaga County, Syracuse, N.Y.

School board member Adam Kemp, the chairman of the personnel committee, said during Thursday’s board meeting that the board will conduct interviews of the candidates in the coming weeks. These interviews will be open to the public, although citizens will not be allowed to ask questions.

Reed and Stilley will be interviewed Tuesday, March 7; Perry and Tanner will be interviewed Thursday, March 9; and Lyons, Miles and Williams-Harper will be interviewed Tuesday, March 14. All interview sessions will be held at the Bogalusa City Schools central office and will begin at 5 p.m.

Kemp said the board will tentatively allot approximately an hour to interview each candidate. If any additional interviews or callbacks or needed, they would take place on Thursday, March 16.

Kemp said that each board member will be asked to submit two questions for the candidates, for a total of 14 questions. Those questions will be given to the applicants to allow them to work on their answers before the March interviews.

Among other business, the board:

  • Granted permission for the Bogalusa City School District to allow Northshore Charter School time to prepare a Type 1 charter.
  • Approved track-and-field events for Bogalusa High School to attend competitions in Gulfport, Miss., and Picayune, Miss. The board’s approval is necessary because these events are considered out of state.
  • Approved January 2017 financial statements, general fund, food service, special revenue and school activities. Also approved 12 mills checks.
  • Heard from board member Paul Kates, who expressed his appreciation to International Paper for allowing a group of Bogalusa High School seniors to tour the paper mill Thursday.
  • Went into an executive session of approximately 15 minutes to discuss “pending litigation.” No action was taken following the session.