SHREVEPORT, La. -- The Caddo Parish School Board is now accepting applications to fill the interim District 7 seat on the Board.
Beginning Wednesday and continuing through 4 p.m. April 15, the Caddo Board will accept letters of interest from residents of District 7.
Letters must be addressed to the board president and delivered by hand to the superintendent’s office located at 1961 Midway Avenue. The board will hold a special meeting at 2 p.m. April 20 to interview applicants.
The format of the interviews will allow each candidate up to 10 minutes to present information including why they desire to serve as an interim board member, their special skills or experience to offer to the position and their perspective on the role of a board member. Candidates will be allowed to make final summary statements and the board will vote.
All interviews will take place in open session and interested candidate names will be released to the public before the session.
Once selected, the interim board member will serve until a special election is held on Oct. 9. Qualifying for the election is July 14-16.
SHREVEPORT, La. -- For the last six years, Raymond Green has brought a warm smile and a love for students to the Caddo Parish School Board. Today, he will officially retire as a board member to spend time with his family.
Representing District 7 on the board, Green brought a unique perspective as a product of Caddo Schools and came back to the district in 1966 as a math teacher at Bethune Junior-Senior High School. Over the next 36 years, Green became an advocate for educators and school employees while also calling for academic excellence for all children.
“In my 80 years, my greatest joy has been my family and I am excited to do something with them,” said Green of his decision to retire from the Board. “I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the board and certainly have enjoyed my time spent representing District 7. The decision to retire was one that was encouraged by my son and daughter who saw that even after I retired from teaching in 1995 that I never truly retired. The time has come to dedicate my time and energy to my family, and I am looking forward to that.
The Louisiana Secretary of State has received Green’s notice of intent to retire. The board will meet at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to declare the District 7 seat vacant and to establish the process for selecting an interim.
“I’ve never met a gentleman quite like Mr. Green who has the ability to bring both warmth and certainly a wealth of knowledge to the Board,” said Board President John Albritton. “He will be missed, but we are grateful for the mark he has most certainly left on this district and this Board.”
For Superintendent Lamar Goree, Mr. Green’s departure is bittersweet.
“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Green since my ninth-grade year at Huntington where I played football alongside his son,” Goree said. “It did not take long for me to see the incredible relationship Mr. Green shared with his children and I quickly saw not only his willingness to go above and beyond for his kids but also to provide leadership to their friends alike. Over the years, while Mr. Green’s role changed, as did mine, I was able to work with him once more when he came to the Board in 2015 and began to see him in many ways as a father figure. That’s a fact that is not only confined to my experience but others across our community whose lives were touched by Mr. Green. His gifts and contributions to Caddo Parish are countless but his impact will be felt for years to come.”