The Jefferson Parish Faculty Board plans to a rent an “unbiased counsel” to research whether or not its superintendent dedicated any attainable violations of state regulation and board coverage.
Board members Tuesday night time (Sept. 12) convened in an government session for half-hour to debate a movement from district 5 member Cedric Floyd to droop superintendent Isaac Joseph pending a evaluation of attainable authorized violations. Though the board didn’t remark or disclose the small print of the allegations to the general public, the 9 members unanimously determined on the finish of the session to rent John Litchfield of Berrigan, Litchfield Regulation Agency to research the matter.
Upon the top of the board’s personal session at eight:15 p.m., vice chairman Mark Morgan admitted they have been unable capable of get in contact with Litchfield. He stated the lawyer “might in fact” reject the board’s appointment, and that the board must reconvene to nominate somebody totally different if Litchfield rejects the supply.
Morgan harassed hiring an outdoor counsel “that everybody unanimously trusts” was “the perfect factor for the varsity system” given the circumstances. He stated the board trusts that an unbiased counsel will do a “thorough investigation” and report again to the board.
The board’s determination to rent an lawyer additionally “makes completely no remark as to the validity of the allegations,” Morgan added.
“It is simply that when an allegation is introduced up on any board member, we have now to take that very critically and we now have to make it possible for it is absolutely vetted,” he stated. “In any other case, we stand to be accused of making an attempt to comb one thing underneath the rug even when there’s nothing there, so it is a very, very delicate, troublesome state of affairs for us to cope with.”
Floyd’s accusation towards Joseph first emerged Aug. sixteen throughout a “first studying” on the finish of a particular board assembly. No actions have been taken throughout that assembly, however Floyd said the fees can be forwarded “previous to the Sept. 12 board assembly.”
Floyd since then in a number of conversations by telephone with The Occasions-Picayune has declined to reveal the small print of the fees. He requested about them by telephone Aug. 21, he harassed that “when the fees are made recognized, you will get it.” In that dialog, Floyd additionally denied the fees have been associated to the firing of former John Ehret Excessive soccer coach and assistant principal Corey Lambert.
Lambert in an Aug. 10 NOLA.com | The Occasions-Picayune story declined to debate why he was fired, however he stated Joseph “waited till (former Ehret coach and principal) Ray St. Pierre died” to make the choice.
An April 27 e-mail to Lambert from Donna Joseph, the Jefferson faculty system’s chief human capital officer, said Lambert allegedly participated in falsifying info being despatched to the Louisiana Excessive Faculty Athletic Affiliation for attaining scholar eligibility for sports activities.
Nevertheless, the varsity official dominated the district didn’t have sufficient proof to…