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Superintendent search: CPSB vote tied on Dilworth & Robinson

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John Dilworth is from Bossier City and has served as superintendent in Montgomery, Alabama and in East Baton Rouge. John Dilworth is from Bossier City and has served as superintendent in Montgomery, Alabama and in East Baton Rouge.
Mary Nash Robinson is the only candidate currently holding a position with Caddo Parish public schools as Chief of Staff. Mary Nash Robinson is the only candidate currently holding a position with Caddo Parish public schools as Chief of Staff.
Eliminated from the search: Agnella Perera (Photo source: Christopher Arnold/tcpalm.com) Eliminated from the search: Agnella Perera (Photo source: Christopher Arnold/tcpalm.com)
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

The Caddo Parish School Board was unable to come up with a deciding vote Monday night in the search for a new superintendent.

Agnella Perera has been eliminated from the search with the initial vote, leaving finalists John Dilworth and Mary Nash Robinson tied with 6 votes each. 

Another vote again resulted in a tie between Dilworth and Robinson.

Barry Rachal, Curtis Hooks, Ginger Armstrong, Jasmine Green, Larry Ramsey and Steve Riall voted for Mary Nash Robinson.

Voting for Dilworth were Bonita Crawford, Carl Pierson, Charlotte Crawley, Dottie Bell, Lillian Priest, and Mary Tramel.

They are now expected to vote at their next regularly-scheduled board work session and executive committee meeting on Tuesday, August 6 to appoint an interim superintendent, and discuss their next step.

District 12 representative Dottie Bell objected to the board's decision to put off further discussion of the results of Monday's vote and offered a motion to talk about it more, but school board president Larry Ramsey denied that motion and the meeting was dismissed.

Bell feels that the board is wasting time and money, "we need a superintendent that's going to start school off. These children need this. Our teachers need this. I think they are playing games with us. Somebody is playing games."

Jackie Lansdale is the president of The Red River United and expresses her disappointment about tonight's decision saying, "we told the board that we were willing to support any decision that they made, but what we can't support is the fact that they made no choice. We think they really let the district down. They let the constituents down. They let the community down, the boys and girls, and the employees down. That's just unbelievable and this board should do better."

John Dilworth, a former principal and teacher at Caddo schools throughout the 90s, was the first of three finalists to interview with the school board and the public last week. Most recently, Dilworth served as superintendent for East Baton Rouge Parish schools, a position he resigned from twice. 

On Wednesday, Mary Nash Robinson took her turn interviewing with a board she is already very familiar with. Nash is currently the Chief of Staff of Caddo Parish Public schools.

Agnella Perera, now out of contention, interviewed on Tuesday. A Louisiana native from the Lake Charles area, Perera recently withdrew her application for a superintendent's job in Florida. She is currently of Isle of Wight county Schools in Smithfield, Virginia, a job she started in 2011.

Whoever is ultimately selected will replace outgoing superintendent Dr. Gerald Dawkins, whose contract will expire on August 12.

The board made the decision not to renew Dawkins' contract back in January.

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