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Four VPSB members file lawsuit against Superintendent Jerome Puyau

Posted at 10:13 PM, Dec 04, 2018

Vermilion Parish Superintendent Jerome Puyau is facing another lawsuit.

Four of the school board members who voted to place him on leave are now filing suit for an injunction against him. Puyau says he does not believe he has done anything wrong in his position.

“They say its illegal for me to be here and sit in this actual chair. Well, this morning at 7:30, I was surprised when a Sheriff Deputy served me with a lawsuit,” Puyau said.

The lawsuit against the superintendent is from board members Laura LeBeouf, Sara Duplechain, Kibbie Pillette, and Dr. David Dupius. The lawsuit says ” A verified petition for declaratory and injunctive relief.”

“It’s bringing up old wounds like I heard that. This is very distasteful, one-sided, pettiness and vindictiveness against me, as Superintendent of Vermilion Parish School Board,” Puyau said.

KATC reached out to all four members of the school board who were named in the lawsuit. Kibbie Pillette was the only person to respond, he says his name is on the lawsuit because the Superintendent has no business conducting business.

The superintendent is set to appear in court later this month on the matter. He says he hopes the new board comes in after the new year ready to work.

“I’ve done nothing wrong. All the allegations and complaints were thrown out and fully investigated is what they don’t realize,” Puyau said.