LPSS legal committee on hiring permanent counsel - KLFY News 10

LPSS legal committee on hiring permanent counsel

The Lafayette Parish School Board is without permanent legal counsel; but apparently not for long. The school board's General Counsel Review Committee met Tuesday.

The review committee is made up of four (4) school board members selected by the full board; also the board president and superintendent are on the committee. "The committee is to establish the guidelines, perimeters, and RFP under which we will hire general counsel," explains committee chair Tommy Angelle.

We’re told that LPSS Board Vice President Tommy Angelle is serving as the committee chair. The committee first reviewed the policy outlining how they should go about selecting legal counsel. The process is based on the board not using the attorney that's provided by the district attorney's office. Angelle sees the policy as a bit outdated.

"It was established I think in 1994 and revised in 1998," adds Angelle.The Selection of Legal Services Policy calls for the selection process to include a Request for Proposal. One that defines the scope of the services needed. The committee decided to see if an old RFP is readily available within the LPSS. If not, they're open to reviewing RFP forms and styles used by other parish school systems.

"Try to combine those into one; including the one in Lafayette Parish. We don't know if we have one that we already used."The committee will not be making the final call on who to hire. The committee's input will be in the form of a recommendation.

The full school board is to make the final decision. The next General Counsel Review Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 14 at :30pm.
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