St. Martin Parish Superintendent Lottie Beebe came to work at 8 a.m. this morning – just like any day.
Beebe said she’s working on the advice of her attorney, Lane Roy, who maintains that the school board’s vote last night to terminate her contract wasn’t valid.
“I’ve been at work since 8 a.m., that’s my normal time to report,” Beebe said Thursday morning. “It’s awkward.”
Beebe said the board has a meeting scheduled today to finalize a bond sale, and she’ll be there. Her attorney told her to sit in her usual chair, but she said she’ll be in the audience.
“Out of respect for my board president, I will be sitting in the audience,” Beebe said.
Roy said he advised Beebe to go to work because the board’s actions last night weren’t legal.
“They have told her to go home, they have even threatened to call the police,” Roy said. “I told her, you’re still the superintendent, they didn’t do anything right last night. It was 100 percent illegal.”
Beebe said she hired Roy because she’s “not one to roll over and play dead.”
“I’m not one to seek money, that’s not my motivation. It’s to vindicate my 34 years in education,” Beebe said. “This really upsets me. Those years of service were discarded in a single meeting, at the end of the meeting, and I was given no opportunity to respond.”
Beebe says she feels she’s acting “for the sake of superintendents across Louisiana.” She also noted that she was ready to retire – but some board members asked her to stay on.
“If i felt this was an honest assessment of my performance, i could walk away, I was willing to walk away,” she said. “But I want to end my career with grace and dignity.”