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CPSB narrows superintendent finalists to 3

Posted: Updated: Oct 15, 2013 10:18 PM CDT

The Caddo Parish School Board has voted to narrow the 7 finalist candidates for school superintendent down to 3.

They are Terrance Brown, Theodis Goree and Tim Magner.

Brown currently serves as Southeast Regional Superintendent of Memphis City Schools. Goree is
currently serving as Area Superintendent of Mansfield, TX ISD.  Magner is Director of Training for the LSU Health System in Shreveport.

That's after the board split on a motion to suspend the search for a new superintendent until the end of the school year.

The board went into executive session Tuesday afternoon to discuss "the character and/or professional competence of the superintendent candidates" and to select finalists for interviews, but emerged just over 30 minutes later to vote on a motion to put the whole thing off.

Before the meeting went into executive session, two stood to speak before the board. Eppie Adams with the Caddo Parish PTA asked that the search be suspended and pointed to a petition that has already gathered more than 83 signatures supporting the request.

"They are playing catch up, when they really need to be formulating a plan and decision making immediately," says Adams.

The other person to offer comment from the public was the Shannon Wall, principal of Donnie Bickham Middle School, who also asked the board to consider delaying the search and to reconsider appointing acting superintendent Mary Nash Robinson to the job permanently.

"Out of the Principals, we feel like Dr. Robinson is always going to make decisions putting the students first," says Wall.

While some board members supported the idea of at least delaying the search process, others objected to leaving the 7 finalists for the job without a decision. That prompted an amendment to the motion to let the candidates know that their resumes would be held until the search resumed, if they opted to remain in contention.

That motion failed with a 6-6 tie.


KSLA News 12 reached out to all three of the candidates, and caught up with Theodis Lamar Goree and Timothy Magner. 

Each told us why they want to take over as the top Caddo School Official. 

"My absolute strength…area of instruction… is that of closing achievement gaps. I have a lot of experience in that, so I really do believe that the first thing we have to do is get the kids to achieve and get them performing at or above grade level," says Goree. 

"When it comes to reaching and teaching all children that's what I'm about. It's really about how do we as a community, invest in our schools, so that all children can be successful. I think if there is any takeaway I hope it is that," says Magner. 


The list of candidates was released on September 30 in the second attempt at a search for a new superintendent, after the first round resulted in a tie vote between current interim superintendent Mary Nash Robinson and John Dilworth. Nash Robinson ended up bowing out and agreeing to serve as the interim superintendent and the school board opted to re-open the search.

According to the school board's timeline, and interview process will follow, and then a new superintendent will be selected on either October 24 or 25.

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