Superintendent Jerome Puyau took a $38,000 pay raise and a new car, while giving teachers NOTHING, and then had a teacher removed in handcuffs because she ‘asked questions’ about it instead of making ‘statements’ during a board meeting.
Note that Puyau’s contract states that the new car, its fuel and maintenance will be paid for by the school district. Superintendent Jerome Puyau’s new contract gives him $148,800 annually.
Middle school Language Arts teacher Deyshia Hargrave had asked several questions at the meeting, and board president Anthony Fontana said she was out of order and said that it was not a question and answer session.
Hargrave addressed the board during a public comments section of the meeting about teacher salaries and pay raises.
She was heard telling the board that it was a ‘slap in the face’ for the school superintendent to be handed a new contract that entitles him to performance-based pay rises.
‘For a superintendent or any person in a position of leadership getting any type of raise, I feel like it’s a slap in the face for teachers, cafeteria workers and any other support staff we have.’
‘We work very hard with very little to maintain the salaries we have. I don’t care if the performance targets are met — you’re making our jobs even more difficult. We’re meeting those goals, while someone in that position is getting a raise? It’s a sad, sad day to be a teacher,’ Hargrave said to board members.
‘When I first started teaching there was like 20 kids in a class and now there are 29 kids in a class, and we have not have been given raises. How are you going to take that money? It’s basically taking it out of our pockets,’ she continued.
A video obtained by KATC shows her appearing to calmly ask questions of the board when she is confronted by an officer, who forces her to leave the room.
Hargrave left on her own, but the dispute between the teacher and the marshal became physical outside the meeting room, video shows. The teacher is seen on video screaming on the ground and being handcuffed by the deputy marshal.
“Are you kidding me?” Hargrave is heard saying.
“Stop resisting,” the marshal replies.
“I am not, you just pushed me to the floor,” Hargrave says. “Sir, hold on!”
Ike Funderburk, Abbeville’s city attorney and prosecutor, said he has reviewed the video and won’t be prosecuting her.
“I have reviewed the video and I am not going to approve any charges against the teacher,” Funderburk said. “I talked with the attorney for the school board, and they do not wish to pursue any charges against the teacher.”
Board President Anthony Fontana says he thinks the whole thing was a “set up.”
“The other four board members, now three, have been committed to getting rid of the superintendent. No matter how good the policy might be, they would be against it to cast disfavor on the superintendent to prevent him from getting a contract,” said Fontana, who also is an attorney. “The whole issue, from day one, was that they were not going to give him a contract.”
Well YEAH! You would think a Superintendent that wants an almost 40 grand pay RAISE…plus a car with all expenses paid, would be rather unpopular! I think he should go too. So do most of the teachers obviously! What a moron.
Now I am not a believer that throwing money at schools solves any problems. We have been doing that for decades, and they continue to spiral downhill. But the reason for that is not a revenue problem, it is a spending problem. And this situation exemplifies that problem perfectly!
Teachers are not paid enough. They are now having to buy supplies for their classrooms. And this idiot wants a pay raise that equals twice the amount of the paycheck of a new teacher? Remember, that does not include the car and all expenses paid…
This Superintendent needs to resign, and immediately. Not for having Hargrave removed, but for stealing tax money from students. For stupidity and greed.
You know the drill. They seem to have closed down all social media.
The Vermilion Parish of School Board (337) 893-3973 Contact via website: Click here!
Superintendent Jerome Puyau 337-740-5910 email@example.com
Let them know, kindly, how you feel!
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