Thursday night, the Vermilion Parish School Board agreed to settle all court cases involving Superintendent Jerome Puyau. According to the board attorney, the agreement was reached Wednesday. The attorney read a joint statement that was approved by the board and Puyau's attorney.
Superintendent Puyau and members of the board have decided that it would be in everyone's interest to resolve our differences in an amicable fashion so as to better focus our attention and resources on the school system on the education of public school students in the parish. In an effort to move forward in a positive fashion we've also agreed that no other public comments about this matter should be made.
Among the terms of the agreement:
- All litigation between parties would be dismissed
- Puyau will be reimbursed for an automobile allowance he wasn't able to use since his contract was approved in January of 2018 ($15,600)
- Puyau will be reimbursed $20,000 for attorney fees in all cases.
- Puyau will submit a letter of resignation effective December 31, 2019
- Puyau will be transferred to position of Consultant to the Superintendent, to assist the new superintendent.
- Puyau will be maintained in that position at his current salary until he's eligible for 30-year retirement on 9/28/20.
The school board voted last week to proceed with the termination process of Puyau.
The board tonight also voted in a new president. Taking over that position in 2020 will be current Vice President Kibbie Pillette.