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Monroe Superintendent meeting fails

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MONROE, LA. (KNOE 8 News) - The search for a superintendent for Monroe City Schools continues.

A superintendent search committee meeting took place Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. but it failed to take any action.

The reason was because only one out of the three-member committee showed up for the meeting, Chairperson Rodney McFarland, Sr.

The other two members, Monroe City School Board President Verbon Muhammad and Vice President Mickey Traweek, never arrived for the meeting.

McFarland, Sr. said Muhammad texted him around 6:30 Monday morning saying he was stuck on a flight from Chicago to Jackson, MS.

The meeting was set to go over the roles and responsibilities of the search committee.

It was also meant to go over the options of employment for the future superintendent such as a starting salary of $140,000-$150,000 and a one-year contract.

Some people attending disagreed with the contract length but no quorum could be reached without enough committee members.

Instead, McFarland, Sr. informed the people attending about the items on the agenda and said these same items could be changed by Muhammad before 6:00 p.m. Monday night.

The items on the agenda will be brought up on Tuesday's 6 p.m. school board meeting.

"He (Muhammad) can still bring those items up on tomorrow night but it wouldn't be a recommendation from the committee," McFarland, Sr. said. "It would be a recommendation coming for the board without committee approval and that's how it would have to be worded."

Monroe City Schools told KNOE 8 News that, so far, no applications or E-mail inquiries about the superintendent job have arrived yet.


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