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Nash Robinson withdraws, Caddo super search to start over

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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.
CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) -

The Caddo Parish School board has voted to start over with the search for a superintendent, after finalist Mary Nash Robinson announced she was dropping out.

That news came minutes after the board tied for a second time on a vote between Robinson and John Dilworth.

Nash Robinson withdrew from consideration for the job at some point after that vote, and new motion was offered to make her the new interim superintendent, with an amendment to start a whole new search for a superintendent with a goal of finding one in 90 days.

Nash Robinson told the board that she "never meant for this to turn into such a fiasco," saying she is for the children and for the schools and will continue to work with the school board.

"I've said before, I'm a school person. I'm a worker bee. So, I want to get to the work. This relationship thing or this working together will be something that we'll work on, but I don't want to be distracted by that. I want to get right down to the actual work, so that's why I made the decision. I will not reapply."

Nash Robinson will return to her position as Caddo schools' Chief of Staff after a new superintendent is in place. There is no word on whether Dilworth will reapply.

Last week, the board was unable to come up with a deciding vote between the two finalists, John Dilworth and Mary Nash Robinson. Board members were split, 6 to 6 in two rounds of voting. They adjourned the meeting without making a selection, angering some, including District 12 representative Dottie Bell.

"We need a superintendent that's going to start school off," Bell said at the time. "These children need this. Our teachers need this. I think they are playing games with us. Somebody is playing games."

At the start of Tuesday's meeting, several in attendance used the public comment period to echo similar sentiments. "The failure at last Monday night was not that one side or the other could not get one of the 12 independently elected members to switch at the 11th hour," said one. "The failure was that given over two months and tens of thousands of dollars we have not come up with a candidate whom the large majority of this board could rally around."

Whoever is ultimately selected will replace outgoing superintendent Dr. Gerald Dawkins, whose contract will expire on August 12, the first day of school in Caddo Parish.

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