Seven community members have expressed their interest in filling the seat long held by Caddo Parish School Board Member Larry E. Ramsey.
The Board will host a special-called meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday to interview and select the interim representative for District 10. Following the interviews and vote of the Board Members, the appointed District 10 representative will be sworn in and begin their term of service immediately.
By the 4:30 p.m. Monday deadline, the following community members declared their interest in the seat:
- David F. Cox
- Mary L. Edwards-Avant
- Elizabeth J. Greenfield
- Jenny L. Hebert
- Durwood D. Hendricks, Jr.
- Terri Pugh
- Dock Voorhies, Jr.
Copies of their interest letters are available to the public and the interview process in its entirety will be public including streaming live on the district’s website. Each candidate interviewed on Tuesday will be allowed up to 10 minutes to express his or her reasons for desiring to serve as interim Board Member from District 10; his or her special skills or experience to offer as a Board Member; and his or her perspective on the role of a board member. The person appointed to the position will serve District 10 until the November general election.
Ramsey passed away on Feb. 10 following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. A 15-year veteran of the Board, Ramsey began his service in January 2003. At the time, he stated his goals were simple: to expand opportunities for students in Southern Hills and districtwide while also ensuring fiscal responsibility. A fierce advocate for Southwood High School, Ramsey pushed for the Board to invest in the bio-technology program which has spurred tremendous academic growth at the campus. Additionally, Ramsey played a pivotal role in the hiring of three district superintendents and called for the committee structure implemented by the Caddo Parish School Board today.