Two advocacy groups have presented their top three choices to be the next Lafayette Parish schools superintendent to the school board, but the recommendation carries no official weight.

Both the Lafayette Public Education Stakeholders Council and the One Hundred Black Men submitted a list Thursday that proposed Pat Cooper, Donald Aguillard and Maria Pitre-Martin as the best qualified candidates for the position being left vacant when current Superintendent Burnell Lemoine retires at the end of this year.

A special board meeting will be held Tuesday night to narrow the field of nine candidates to three.