In a two-minute meeting, a New Beginnings Schools Foundation committee unanimously recommended Michelle Blouin-Williams as the next CEO of the four-school network.

The search committee interviewed Blouin-Williams for an hour on Wednesday. She was the lone candidate to interview after the board abandoned its own search and hired a search firm for $50,000.

Committee Chairwoman Wanda Brooks had a score card in front her at the Friday evening meeting. When the committee’s fourth member arrived, Brooks began the meeting and asked if they should extend an offer to Blouin-Williams.

Her question was met with a round of ‘yeas.’ They did not discuss the score cards.

The committee then formally voted 4-0 to recommend her to the board.

Members said nothing of Blouin-Williams’ take-home portion of the Wednesday’s interview, which she had 24 hours to complete.

Blouin-Williams taught math for 20 years in the Jefferson Parish public schools before moving into leadership. 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.

Stewart and other members of the network staff were present at the brief meeting.

The recommendation will likely go before the full board next week.

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

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...