Dec 18, 2013 10:44 PM by Tina Macias

LPSS' issues audited, mediation session scheduled

The Lafayette Parish School Board and administration will try to work out their differences in a day-long meeting soon, they decided during a contentious meeting tonight.

During the meeting, the board learned the probe into excessive absences -- which could cost board members hundreds in fines -- came from three citizen complaints made to the Legislative Auditor, CFO Billy Guidry said tonight.

The other complaints were about principals paid for more days than others and an employee hired without an application on file.

That employee, Thad Welch, has been the topic of controversy since his hiring. He did not hold a high school diploma, a requirement of the job.

An independent auditor looked into the complaints at the auditor's request. The audit has not been released yet, but some corrective actions are in place, Guidry said.

The application process will become automated. He has also asked the Attorney General to weigh in on whether they can pay some principals more days than others.



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