OPSB Seeks Interim District 1 School Board Member

NEW ORLEANS – Due to the resignation of former District 1 School Board Member Ira Thomas, the Orleans Parish School Board (OPSB) is accepting Letters of Interest from qualified individuals seeking to fill the District 1 seat on an interim basis. 

         To be a school board member, the applicant must be at least 18-years-old, a Louisiana resident for the preceding two years and domiciled for the preceding year in the district to which he or she is being appointed. [La. R.S. 17:52(E)].

         Pursuant to OPSB Policy A108, OPSB has ten (10) days in which to fill the vacancy created by Thomas’ resignation, or the Governor will appoint a person to fill the vacancy.

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         Therefore, the OPSB at its Tuesday, March 17, 2015, Board Business Meeting will appoint a qualified person to fill the vacant District 1 School Board seat on an interim basis until a Special Election is called to fill the unexpired term of Ira Thomas.

         All interested persons must submit a Letter of Interest by Thursday, March 12, 2015, by 12:00 p.m.

         Letters of Interest should be addressed to Board President Seth Bloom, and hand-delivered to the OPSB Board Office, 3520 General de Gaulle Dr., Suite 5055, New Orleans, LA, 70114.

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         In addition to the Letter of Interest, all persons must also submit a resume and an Affidavit of Qualifications [consistent with La. R.S. 17:52(E)]. A copy of a current Louisiana Driver’s License (or other official Louisiana identification) must be attached.

         Although not mandatory, interested applicants may also submit with their Letter of Interest a short Vision Statement responding to the following three questions: 1) What is your vision for public education in New Orleans? 2) What in your experience best qualifies you for this interim appointment?  3) In your opinion, what does a “quality” school district look like?  


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