Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans will interview two candidates for the charter school’s interim chief executive officer position this week.

Members of the school’s CEO search committee will talk a second time with Joseph Daschbach Thursday and with Keith Bartlett on Saturday afternoon.

Daschbach currently works as an educational consultant. He has also worked in several schools, including Lagniappe Academies and New Orleans Center for Science and Math. Bartlett is the former principal of John Dibert Elementary School who now works for Louisiana A+ Schools mentoring principals.

Both interviews are expected to take place at the school behind closed doors, according to the meeting agendas. While state law allows such interviews to be held in private, it does not require it.

After a national search yielded one CEO finalist who turned down the school’s offer, the board adopted an aggressive plan that aims to install an interim CEO this summer. Including a candidate recommendation by no later than June 30.

The chief executive officer search committee selected the two candidates for second interviews on Sunday.

The full board also scheduled a three hour retreat on Saturday. It will focus on “board responsibility,” including an overview of “public laws,” according to the agenda.

Lycée has struggled with state open meeting and public record compliance in the past. They even hired attorneys to respond to records requests which cost the school $8,440 in January alone.

Makiyah Moody, governance initiative director with the Louisiana Association for Public Charter Schools is leading the training session along with the organization’s legal director Sara Vandergriff. The retreat will be held offsite at the LAPCS office, 200 Broadway St.

Moody said the session she’s leading is part of the Top Shelf program, an initiative to help educate charter school board members which also connects prospective members with boards.

Last fall the board spent $10,000 on a one-year subscription to Board on Track, a board management software available through The High Bar, an education management company. The High Bar’s CEO Marci Cornell-Feist conducted a training seminar for board members in October.

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...