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Lycee leaders to discuss nine more names for CEO slot

Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans’ chief executive officer search committee will meet Tuesday afternoon to discuss nine potential new school leaders for the embattled charter school.

The list of nine, including interim CEO Gisele Schexnider, was generated by the search committee according to board member Erin Greenwald, who recently took the reins of the committee at the board’s request.

Greenwald said she called search committee members individually and asked for recommendations on possible candidates.

“These are people whose names came up in very initial and casual conversations,” said Greenwald.

Schexnider did not apply for the position, Greenwald said: “Because she’s the interim CEO now we felt it important to have her on that list.”

Two names have re-appeared from the original pool of 30 applicants: Benjamin Orillon and Joseph Daschbach. Orillon, a school administrator at Lycée in San Francisco, was one of five finalists interviewed by the committee, but he was not selected for a second interview. Daschbach was not initially interviewed.

Others whose names are under consideration, according to the meeting agenda: Keith Bartlett, Ghislaine Bazir, Lisa Taylor, Glenn Gennaro, Jean Pinney and Marina Schoen.

Gennaro contacted The Lens Monday afternoon to say that he was unaware he was being considered for the position. “I have not applied for it and I do not wish to be considered,” he wrote in an email.

Gennaro is currently listed as the interim president of Ursuline Academy on the private school’s website.

Greenwald said Tuesday’s meeting will give the committee a chance to discuss their qualifications. The agenda indicates committee members will discuss the candidates in executive session. Though Louisiana permits the board to meet behind closed doors to discuss such matters, the law does not require it.

All of this comes two weeks after an extensive search ended with lone finalist Mireille Rabate turning down an offer for the chief position.

Greenwald also said the committee will likely recommend to the board that the application process be re-opened.

The committee will convene at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the French-curriculum school’s Uptown campus, 5951 Patton St.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated since its original publication to reflect Glenn Gennaro’s comments upon learning the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans committee planned to consider him as a possible CEO candidate.

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About 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 to New Orleans in the fall of 2014 after covering education for the St. Cloud Times in Minnesota. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with majors in journalism and social welfare and a concentration in educational policy studies.

  • nickelndime

    Doesn’t anyone in this group have competent and qualified relatives? “Family works cheap.” (And a helluva lot cheaper than Lee Reid). Then there are the Gypsies, when all other leads have been exhausted. LOL and rolling on the floor.

  • Lycee Mom2

    And did this committee that was not voted on by the board did give the candidates listed on the agenda a 24 hour notice that they were to be discussed in executive session??? RS 42:17 A(1) “Discussion of the character, professional competence, or physical or
    mental health of a person, provided that such person is notified in
    writing at least twenty-four hours before the meeting and that such
    person may require that such discussion be held at an open meeting.”

  • nickelndime

    Thank gawd for mothers. At least someone in this gawd4saken city is still asking questions. Lee Reid, Esq. has gagged most, if not everyone, involved in this charter school. This is his job – he has done it before and he will do it again and again and again (not expertly, but what can you expect) – he does the State’s bidding. This school will not close …This school will not close… An elephant could be sitting in the CEO’s chair, but it will not close. Have no fear, parents.