School Board elects officers, hears audit
Election of officers and acceptance of the audit report for fiscal 2019-2020 dominated action during the Acadia Parish School Board’s first meeting of the new year.
Delo Hebert ascended to the president’s seat Monday after serving the past year as vice president under James Higginbotham.
Bishop James Proctor was elected to replace Hebert as the board’s vice president.
Both were elected without opposition.
The board received a glowing audit report from Broussard and Poché, who reported no findings for the year.
The board accepted the report.
By resolution, board members declared January as Louisiana Board Member Recognition month, calling attention to the public service of all locally elected school board members that govern Louisiana’s 69 school systems.
In other action, the board:
• granted authorization to Christin LeGros to sign and conduct related transactions on board accounts at Bank of Commerce;
• approved Superintendent Scott Richard’s request to pay bus driver privatization cost to the Louisiana School Employees’ Retirement System in one lump sum payment; and
• approved tentative committee and board meetings for 2020.
In closing, Richard reported that the return to school following the Christmas/New Year break “was overall fairly smooth” and that he and the district staff are “working one day at a time with challenges that currently face the school system” related to the coronavirus pandemic.
He credited the school system staff for “working above and beyond to keep the school year on track.”