The Vermilion Parish School Board held a special meeting today to talk about the lawsuit filed by Attorney General Jeff Landry.
After four hours of waiting for the meeting’s executive session to end, Greg Voorhies who was appointed by the court as the mediator in this case came up to the podium to say they were not able to reach a resolution.
Lane Roy, the attorney representing Jerome Puyau, Vermilion Parish School Board Superintendent, says this lawsuit was not resolved today, but might be at a later time.
Roy says, “This was about discussing that lawsuit whether there was some possibility of getting it resolved rather than going further with it in the courts.”
According to Lane Roy, Voorhies met in separate rooms with the full board first, and then with the separate parties.
“What took place here today was an attempt by means of a mediation. An outside mediator comes and with the cooperation of the parties, he tries to see if he can resolve the issues that are pending in the lawsuit. Sometimes it’s successful, sometimes it’s not,” explains Roy.
Roy says Voorhies wasn’t able to resolve the issues.
Roy adds, “He was not able to do that and so we are not worse than we were before. We’re in the same position as before the mediation. The lawsuit is still pending.”
When asked for a comment, Superintendent Jerome Puyau gave a brief statement.
Puyau says, “I’ll give you a comment. My name’s Jerome Puyau. I am the Superintendent for Vermilion Parish School Board. That’s my comment. Thank you.”
Roy adds there is not a trial scheduled as of right now. He says he was just there today to listen.
We also reached out to the Attorney General’s Office and they were unable to give us a comment due to it being an ongoing matter.