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A top Orleans schools lieutenant interviews to be charter network’s CEO

Orleans Parish school system Chief Administrative Officer Michelle Blouin-Williams interviewed Tuesday night with the New Beginnings Schools Foundation’s committee that is searching for a new Chief Executive Officer.

After a failed board-run search, the foundation’s board of directors hired Andre David & Associates to seek candidates for the four-school charter network. Committee chairwoman Wanda Brooks said the service cost $50,000.

Executive recruiter Terry Patch presented Blouin-Williams to the board in addition to one other candidate. Both Patch and Brooks said the second candidate did not follow up. He did not say how many applications he received. Patch set up scoring rubrics for the committee, and they interviewed her for roughly an hour in a closed-door session.

Blouin-Williams taught math for 20 years in the Jefferson Parish public schools before moving into leadership. She served as the Chief Academic Officer for two years before becoming  deputy superintendent. She was the acting superintendent during the second half of the 2014-15 school year.

In July 2015, she moved to the Orleans Parish schools to serve as CAO under new Superintendent Henderson Lewis Jr. She earns $145,000 in her current position.

New Beginnings’ CEO Sametta Brown was earning the same amount when she resigned at the end of this school year. The board appointed Chief Academic Officer Juaquana Stewart interim CEO.

The committee invited the public back in at 7:15 p.m. and there was one remaining item on the agenda that indicated the board would be voting.

“We are not going to take action tonight because we have the take-home part of the interview,” Brooks said.

Brooks said Blouin-Williams has 24 hours to complete that assignment.

The committee will reconvene on Friday at 5 p.m.

New Beginnings operates Gentilly Terrace, Pierre A. Capdau and Medard Nelson elementaries, and Lake Area New Tech Early College High School.

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