Board members were given cards containing all 11 applicants' names and wrote a 'yes' or 'no' on each card indicating whether they wished for the applicant to be invited back for interviews Sept. 25-26.
Once board members made their choices, the list was read aloud.
The top-five vote getters received a 'yes' from all nine board members.
Those applicants invited back for interviews are:
• Michelle Clayton, of Zachary, is an education consultant and former Director of Academic Accountability and Instruction for the ZCSD from 2003-12. Clayton has a doctoral degree.
• Scott Devillier, Oscar, La., former Zachary High Principal and current Director of Operations for the district. Devillier has a master's degree in education.
• Patrick Jenkins, of Zachary, is retired military and also has a master's in education. Jenkins is the Principal of Port Hudson Career Academy and a former principal of Northwestern and Zachary Elementary.
• Philip Burchfield, of Clinton, Miss., has a doctoral degree and is superintendent of Clinton Public Schools in Hinds County, Miss.
• Alonzo Luce, of Gonzales, has a doctoral degree and has been superintendent of St. James Parish schools since 2007.
A motion was made to invite the top six applicants back for interviews, but a subsequent motion made by Scott Swilley to invite the top five defeated it.
Charles Michel, of Metarie, who received five votes, was eliminated. Michel has a doctoral degree and is the supervisor of special education for the Lafourche Parish School System.
For more on the ZCSB meeting, be sure to pick up a copy of the Sept. 19 edition of the Zachary Plainsman News on newsstands next Wednesday.