Report Suggests Puyau Should Be Reinstated As Vermilion Superintendent
Questions continue over why the Superintendent of Vermilion Parish Public Schools is being investigated by the Vermilion Parish School Board.
A recent report says that the board members failed to follow policies and procedures. Lafayette attorney Ed Abell. Abell has released his findings after he was tasked with reviewing the suspension of Puyau. In that report, Mr. Abell found,
It is obvious, in reviewing these materials, that there is animosity against the Superintendent from some of the Board Members, and some of the individuals who submitted statements. Perhaps, had the Board and other complainants come to the hearing on September 7 and expressed their concerns under oath, there would be more to consider. They did not.
And, as previously noted, virtually none of the members of the public, or the employees of the Board, followed the appropriate grievance procedure so that their problems could have been addressed at the appropriate administrative level, and perhaps, resolved. Instead, application of the Board Policies eliminated most of the complaints from consideration because they did NOT follow the policies.
Those comments and Mr. Abell's entire report can be found in a story penned by reporter Lanie Lee Cook who reports for KATC TV 3. Based on his findings Mr. Abell has concluded that Jerome Puyau should "be immediately restored to his office" as Superintendent of Vermilion Parish Schools.
The VPSB has hired special counsel to look into allegations and complaints against Mr. Puyau, so some of the "why" may be forthcoming for the public record.