LPSS Absentee Complaint - KLFY News 10

LPSS Absentee Complaint


A former Lafayette Parish School Board member has filed a formal complaint with the Lafayette District Attorney's Office regarding excessive absences of current members at regular meetings.

Rickey Hardy has filed a formal complaint with the D.A.'s office because he says four current school board members have more than five unexcused absences at board meetings. The policy for school board member attendance allows up to five missed meetings.  

Any school board member with more is required to provide a written excuse to the president of the board and be docked $100 of their pay per missed meeting.  

The only exceptions are attendance at state or national conventions, work or hospitalization. Hardy claims that the rules have been broken and believes malfeasance in office charges should be brought against the four members.

District Attorney Mike Harson says his office received the complaint, but he is unsure if any action can be taken since there is no state law regarding school board member meeting attendance

"This does not lend itself very well to any kind of malfeasance charges because malfeasance requires a violation of a duty imposed by a law or something having the effect of a law, so I'm not certain that this would even comply with it."

News 10's Hope Ford spoke with Hardy and one of the members who was mentioned in the complaint.
She has more in the video above.

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