In a 7-4 vote with two abstentions, the St. Landry Parish School Board ended a year and half long impasse before finally choosing a leader and making it clear that 60-year-old Edward Brown is the man for the job.
"I have 39 years of experience under my belt I've been everything from a classroom teacher to coach to assistant principal, principal, child welfare and attendance supervisor," said Brown.
Brown who served as the parish Child Welfare and Attendance Supervisor for seven years, will be taking over the responsibilities of Joseph Cassimere. Cassimere became interim superintendent after now acting board member Donnie Perron left last March.
Cassimere would not give comment, but will relinquish his role as interim superintendent starting Friday.
"Day one I want to come in and evaluate as a matter of fact tomorrow I want to try to hit as many schools as I can to assess the situation and see where we need to start," said Brown.
Since the last permanent superintendent in the parish left in October 2011, the board has seen numerous delays on the vote for a superintendent including the federal indictments of two board members on alleged bribery charges relating to the seat of superintendent and the death of a council member.
"I feel that it's done and I respect what's been done I'm glad it's over with; that's too long, that's too long to make a decision about selecting the superintendent. Far too long," said board member Charles Ross.
Quincy Richard, one of the two board members involved in the federal indictments, says it was a tough job for Cassimere taking over as interim superintendent but says that's just it; it's part of the job
"He took the position of interim superintendent. We never thought it would come to that length but your in it for the kids," said Richard.