Lafayette

Aug 11, 2014 6:17 PM by Dave Fields

Davis requests federal injunction to provide 2014-15 "budget bridge"

A federal judge will consider whether or not to reappropriate funds back into the budget that would allow the superintendent and principals to buy classroom supplies and hire school staff.

Citing the inability of the superintendent and the principals "to staff the schools appropriately or purchase instructional materials for the students and faculty" and also accusing the board of ignoring provisions of the budget adoption process, attorneys for Greg Davis filed in federal court Monday afternoon an application for for a preliminary injunction on the the Lafayette Parish Schools System budget.

The application for injunction requests that the court re-appropriate 50 percent of the 2013-2014 school year budget to provide a "budget bridge" for expenditures in the 2014-2015 school year when the students report to school tomorrow.

The filing notes that "despite fifteen budget sessions and fourteen balanced budget proposals by the Superintendent, no budget has been approved."

Today's filing accuses the LPSB of taking a "piecemeal" approach since April 25 and asks the court to do what Davis's attorneys suggest the board could have done during an executive session.

"An executive session to address the Complaint was included on the Board agenda for their August 5, 2014 meeting. Unfortunately, the majority of the Board voted against convening an executive session at which time they could have at least discussed matters with their own counsel in private. Immediately following that vote the meeting was adjourned," reads Monday's filing.

The injunction application states that Davis's request for "relief" was made as both a taxpayer and a citizen of Lafayette Parish, adding that Davis's four grandchildren all live within the school district. The injunction request will be considered in the court of Judge Richard Haik.

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