Former DeSoto Parish schools Superintendent Cade Brumley, who now heads up the Jefferson Parish School District, is the new state superintendent of education.
The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education made the decision Wednesday morning from three candidates — Cade Brumley, Jessica Baghian, and Lonnie Luce — who were nominated by board members. It took two rounds of voting before a final decision was made.
In the first round, board members voted 5 in favor and 6 against all three candidates. Eight votes were needed to secure the vote.
The board took a recess and after convening opened up to nominations again, with Baghian and Brumley their top picks. Votes for Baghian totaled 6 yes and 5 against so they moved to Brumley, who then secured the necessary 8 votes.
Brumley’s nomination must receive Senate confirmation. The board also will begin contract and salary discussions.
Brumley, a Sabine Parish native who taught school and served as principal of Converse High School, has headed up the state’s largest school district in Jefferson Parish for just shy of two years. Brumley left the DeSoto superintendent’s position in 2018 after leading it to becoming one of the top-rated districts in the state.
Brumley replaces longtime state Superintendent John White, who announced his departure in January.
Source: Vickie Welborn