Nov 8, 2013 4:52 PM by Ian Auzenne
A St. Landry Parish School Board member is raising questions about why the former acting principal at Port Barre Elementary School will be collecting a principal's salary after leaving the post.
Board member Anthony Standberry wants to know why the district must continue to pay Willie Haynes at his current rate after he steps down on Friday.
Haynes has served as acting principal at the school since last year after the former principal took extended sick leave. Joseph Gabriel Sonnier was appointed Thursday night as the school's new principal.
Standberry said that Haynes' salary could be used to hire teachers, cafeteria workers, or janitors in schools that need those positions filled.
Officials in Superintendent Edward Brown's office say the Haynes must be paid his current salary because he is technically a displaced employee. Prior to 2009, Haynes was the principal at Melville Elementary School. Haynes lost his job when the school was shut down because of the school district implementing its desegregation policy. Haynes was reassigned to the district's Pupil Appraisal Center before taking over the principal's seat at Port Barre Elementary.
Per school board policy, a displaced employee cannot lose his salary even if he takes a position below the one he previously held.
Haynes tells KATC that he will meet with Superintendent Edward Brown on Monday morning to discuss his future role within the St. Landry Parish School System.