White Stays Mum on Education La. Superintendent Job

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Gov. Bobby Jindal's pick to be Louisiana's next education superintendent said that it's not appropriate to talk with education board members about the job until after the Nov. 19 election.

John White, head of the state-run Recovery School District, said he's focused on his current position and hasn't been pitching himself to the members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for the state superintendent's post.

He was also guarded about expressing his interest in the position.

"If the BESE board is interested in having me as superintendent, after their inauguration, I'd be more than honored and I'd certainly consider that deeply," White told the Press Club of Baton Rouge. "But my job for the present and for the foreseeable future is to run the Recovery School District."

Three of the eight elected BESE seats are in runoff elections. The governor also has three appointees to the 11-member board. BESE will vote on a new superintendent after the new terms begin in January, and White needs eight supporters to become superintendent.

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