Mar 5, 2014 10:33 PM by Tina Macias

LPSS Could Have a New Addition to its Meetings in the Near Future

The Lafayette Parish School Board could have a new addition to its meetings in the near future, a security guard.

The board unanimously appointed its executive committee to draft a policy allowing the president to request security at any meeting "where there may be disruptions." That would allow the president to request security at every meeting or some meetings.

Board meetings have been tense between the administration, board and public over the past months. Police were called to a board meeting last month after board member Tehmi Chassion accused Superintendent Pat Cooper of grabbing his shoulder at a closed-door meeting.

The board also:
-Discussed its proposed 2014-15 school calendar, which would reduce student days from 174 to 171 to increase teacher training days and add Memorial Day as a student holiday. Board President Hunter Beasley is asking that the calendar come back to the board for a vote.

-Voted down asking the Louisiana Attorney a General for an opinion about whether Act 1 gives the superintendent the authority to hire and pay employees for more days than are specified by board policy. The issue was raised by an auditor after some principals were paid for more days than others.



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