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Board meeting security for LPSS

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Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley wants the board to stop talking out of turn.
 
He's proposing the hiring of security. The board will discuss it Wednesday, and then in two weeks it could move for a vote.
 
"From a security standpoint if something bad is happening. And, again, I can call them down, but I really have no authority to make them shut up, so to speak. So, I think it's to keep our meetings running smoothly," says Beasley.
 
Executive sessions are held in the conference room connected to the board room, where regularly scheduled school board meetings are held. It's in this conference room that school board member Tehmi Chassion accused Superintendent Pat Cooper of allegedly laying hands on him during an executive session earlier this month. Beasley says there are the types of situations the school board is trying to avoid with security, but security may not be legal in an executive session.
 
"They really shouldn't be there. The executive session is to discuss things out of the eye of the public," says Beasley.
 
Board member Mark Babineaux admits the public meetings can get out of hand. He says the executive sessions are calmer.
 
"They're usually rather bland, because it's usually the attorney giving an opinion as to what we should be doing," says Babineaux.
 
Beasley estimates the cost for an off-duty police officer, school resource officer or sheriff's deputy to be about $100 per meeting—that's about $2,400 a year.
 
He says the cost of security would not require a budget amendment, because the cost would be so minimal. If the board were to vote in favor of security, he says, they would be brought in the following meeting.

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