A continuing issue within the Lafayette Parish School Board will be addressed this week. A school board employee hired about 8 months ago doesn't have a high school diploma or even a GED, but board regulations require the person in that job have at least one or the other. And that's upset a lot of board members.
For weeks its been a heated topic of discussion...why is a school system employee without a high school diploma, hired for a reported 76-thousand dollar a year position?
According to policy, a diploma is a minimum requirement for a job. That's an issue board member Tehmi Chaisson wants to address once and for all.
"If that's not the current minimum job qualification that's being displayed right now, then policy isn't being followed. And we need to make sure its followed. It's our job."
Superintendent Doctor Pat Cooper has already said he wants to change the policy to read "
High School Diploma or GED preferred."
And while Doctor Cooper ultimately has the say over the position, the board has to approve the budget.
"What we do have autonomy over is the budget. And that's the only way it will be followed. And once it is actually followed, then and only then will I consider re-instituting the pay for this job" says Chaisson.
The policy will be reviewed on Wednesday, at the next school board meeting.