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Residents stand up at VPSB meeting

Posted: 6:15 PM, Sep 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-20 22:34:18-04
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A viewer-provided video from the Vermilion Parish School Board regular meeting last night, September 19, shows a resident taking his place at the podium during the public comment portion of the meeting and speaking to the board.

The man, as of now unidentified, sticks to one topic throughout the recorded video: money.

He explains how upset he is that the board is using "personal" money to pay for lawsuits.

The school board has a history of lawsuits, including one in 2018, where VPSB members sued Puyau and the board president over meeting agendas.

The board has voted to place Puyau on administrative leave several times. Most recently, Puyau refused to accept the board's vote and continued going to work, stating that he was still the superintendent.

Last week, Puyau filed a federal lawsuit against the board, naming four members specifically.

The man lays out how much money the board is using to conduct the lawsuits and investigations into Puyau.

First, he says that it will cost probably $100-150,000 to conduct the investigation, along with other lawsuits currently ongoing.

The man explains that in total, the board is using probably $4-500,000 in total - what he says is "what it will cost to get rid of you," pointing at Puyau.

He says again how the board is using "personal" money, and drops the question, "is that right?"

A voice can be heard from the crowd saying "horrible!"

"We're spending our money for you, and you, and you, and you..." the man continues, pointing at each board member.

A timer then goes off, signaling the man's time is up. A board member stops him and he apologizes, but not before getting a last word.

"It just doesn't make sense."

Other residents also spoke about the lawsuits and about the compliance form sent by the Legislative Auditor.

The next regular school board meeting is scheduled for October 17th.