Two Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans charter school committees are racing to make recommendations for a new CEO and board members by May 13.

The nominating committee charged with finding new board members interviewed three candidates Monday night. Those interviews with Courtney Garrett, Ava Alltmont and Margaret Bell are detailed in the live blog below.

Garrett is director of finance and chief financial officer at Health Data Specialists in Luling. Alltmont is an architect with Trapolin-Peer. And Bell is lead auditor at Bruno & Tervalon CPAs. That’s according to resumes and applications submitted to the committee.

The board nominating committee will interview three more candidates Tuesday evening:  Ann Meese, Tessa Jackson and C. Mari-Kate McEntee.

As the board member interviews wrapped up Monday, a flood of parents entered the room, some from a PTO meeting being held in the cafeteria.

The parents pleaded with the committee to hold off on deciding its slate of candidates Tuesday because committee member Nancy Shoemaker would not be able to attend.

The committee decided to continue interviews tomorrow, send a recording of the interviews to Shoemaker, and then discuss each candidate’s merits on Wednesday when all five committee members can be present.

Meanwhile, down the hall, the school’s CEO search committee also convened a meeting. Member Kelly McClure told The Lens that the committee met in executive session to discuss candidate Lysianne Essama.

McClure said the committee voted to invite Essama for a second interview at the school Thursday, though on short notice it would depend on Essama’s schedule.

Essama is principal at John Hanson French Immersion, a K-8 school in Maryland, according to her resume.

The nominating committee will meet again Tuesday at the school to interview three additional candidates. The committee will likely meet Wednesday at noon to make their recommendations.

Read the live-blog recap from Monday’s 6 p.m. nominating committee meeting here:

Live blog

Marta Jewson

Marta Jewson covers education in New Orleans for The Lens. She began her reporting career covering charter schools for The Lens and helped found the hyperlocal news site Mid-City Messenger. Jewson returned...