Mar 18, 2014 4:58 PM by Tina Macias

LPSS set to have security guard at meetings this spring

The Lafayette Parish School Board will likely have security at each of its regularly-scheduled meetings later this spring if a recommendation from the executive committee is approved by the full board.

A policy approved by the executive committee this afternoon allows the board president to request security, and president Hunter Beasley said he will "most likely" have a standing request for a security guard at the two regular meetings held on the first and third Wednesdays of every month.

"Next year, there will be a new board president, and they'll have discretion," Beasley said.

The policy still has to be approved by the full board, and will likely be up for a vote next month.

Earlier this year, the police were called to an incident between Superintendent Pat Cooper and another board members, but, today, board members said the main reason they was security is for crowd control.

"We're not trying to muzzle anybody. We just want control," board member and former president Shelton Cobb said.

Board member Tommy Angelle said audience members sometimes "blurt out things" in the middle of meetings and refuse to listen to listen when the board president asks them to stop.

"Now, we'll have the option of having a security guard escort them out," Angelle said.



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