School Board Starts Search For New Superintendent

The Washington Parish School Board voted last Thursday evening to begin the process of identifying and interviewing candidates to become parish school superintendent.
Current Superintendent Darrell Fairburn is retiring at the end of December.
John Wyble, president of the schol board, said, “We are working to have a superintendent named before the end of the year. I am confident we will find someone who will bring vision, energy and a sense of team to the district. We need a superintendent who is a proven leader and who also understands the unique qualities of Washington Parish.”
Fairburn has been parish superintendent for 13 years. He is currently running for State Senate in District 12 against the incumbent, Sen. Beth Mizell.
He noted that he will be serving as superintendent until the end of the year and will only use his accumulated vacation days to campaign for the State Senate.
Fairburn was named Louisiana School Superintendent of the Year in 2016 and under his leadership, Washington Parish's high school graduation rate increased 5.8 percent. The percentage of students performing at a mastery level on state exams increased by 12 percent, as well, and the school system raised its overall state ranking to a B grade.
Before coming to the Washington Parish system in 2006, Fairburn served as director of personnel for the Tangipahoa Parish School System. Prior to that, he was principal of Jewel Sumner High School for 12 years.
Wyble said the Washington Parish School Board will post the superintendent vacancy on August 28 and will accept candidates through September 28.