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Dr. Lynett Hookfin Named Superintendent
The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board voted at a special meeting on June 25 in favor of naming Dr. Lynett Hookfin as the next superintendent of St. John the Baptist Parish Public Schools.
Dr. Hookfin is a New Orleans native who is currently serving as deputy superintendent of Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools.
“The board voted for change for the interest of education for the students of our district. This new superintendent comes with an impeccable resume and proven results in transforming educational results,” School Board President Patrick Sanders said. “Dr. Hookfin will be a change factor bringing forth a new systematic approach with new skills and a new set of eyes as we progress forward toward the goal of effective education for all children of St. John. Education is the catalyst of any community and together we all can take part in changing generations. We hope for continued support from industry and community partners as we prepare students to become lifelong leaders and learners, which will make St. John thrive in greatness.”

In her role as deputy superintendent for Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools, Hookfin served 23,000 students. Prior to that, she served as assistant superintendent in the Office of School Transformation for Pittsburgh Public Schools where she was tasked with developing strategic plans and long-range goals to improve the school culture, instructional program and fiscal spending for campuses serving approximately 4,000 students.

She spent 10 years as a principal, nearly all of which she served in the Houston Independent School District. In her last role as a principal, in the Santa Gertrudis Independent School District, she led the campus to an A+ school rating and received all 7 of 7 distinctions according to the Texas state accountability system.

Hookfin earned her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Texas-Austin’s Cooperative Superintendency Program in 2018. She received a master of education in 2007 from Texas Southern University. She is also a 1994 graduate of Grambling State University.

Round Two Interviews
The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board met Monday, June 22, and voted in favor of Bernard Chandler and Dr. Lynett Hoofkin for Round Two interviews. The interviews will took place on Wednesday, June 24, at 5 p.m. at LaPlace Elementary School.
Round One Interviews
The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board conducted interviews with four candidates for superintendent on Wednesday, June 17, and Thursday, June 18. Resumes of the four candidates chosen for the first round of interviews and video of the interviews is available below.

Bernard Chandler and Dr. Lynett Hookfin Interviews


Dr. Jawan Brown-Alexander Interview


Dr. Kelli Joseph Interview

School Board Members
District 1
Charo Holden
District 2
Albert "Ali" Burl III
District 3
Dr. Gerald Keller
District 4
Patrick Sanders
District 5
Sherry DeFrancesch
District 6
Keith Jones
District 7
Phillip Johnson
District 8
Debbie Schum
District 9
Shawn Wallace
District 10
Nia Mitchell
District 11
Clarence Triche