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School board meets to discuss superintendent’s employment

Posted at 1:53 PM, Sep 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-11 18:59:29-04

The St. Martin Parish School Board was in executive session for more than an hour hoping to come to a resolution to avoid litigation.

School board members and their attorney had no comment leaving Tuesday’s special meeting. When the board went into executive session, they were advised to avoid going on camera.

“There are some strong feelings on the sides,” Lane Roy, superintendent Beebe’s attorney said.

Roy says the board has come a long way since firing her last week.

“Some people would rather fight than the switch at this point. I think the cooler heads have prevailed and said, look, it’s worth trying before we get to the fight.”

Roy maintains beebe is still superintendent, but he’s hesitant to say the board will change their mind about her termination.

“It’s hard to say. I’m inclined to tell you that that’s not their inclination, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen,” Roy explained.

Beebe’s attorney is hopeful a settlement will be reached before the end of the week.

The St. Martin Parish School Board went into executive session to discuss “the threat of litigation relative to the employment of the superintendent.”

Lottie Beebe was sitting in the crowd with her attorney.KATC’s Chris Welty will have more from the meeting at 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm on KATC.

Lottie Beebe at school board meeting
St. Martin Parish Superintendent Lottie Beebe in audience as School Board discusses her future employment / KATC

Beebe has been showing up to work at the St. Martin Parish School Board since her contract was terminated by the board last week.

On Monday, she was briefly locked out of her office when her keys would not work. A custodian was ordered to unlock the door for Beebe.

Lane Roy, Beebe’s attorney said the Board’s attorney reached out to him on Friday looking to resolve her termination before a lawsuit is filed.

Tuesday, the Board is meeting to negotiate Beebe’s future.