Feb 19, 2014 10:55 PM by KATC

Lafayette school board joins MFP suit

The Lafayette Parish School Board is the newest plaintiff in a lawsuit in which a number of Louisiana school districts claim they are owed back pay in state funds.

The board voted 8-0 tonight to join the lawsuit against the state. Board member Tehmi Chassion was absent.

The lawsuit follows a Louisiana Supreme Court ruling that the 2012-13 state MFP funding formula, from which boards get most of their state funding, was null on procedural grounds.

The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board originally filed the lawsuit, which asks for the state to pay the annual 2.75 percent increase in funding that was left out of the 2012-13 formula.

Other Acadiana parishes that are plaintiffs in the suit include Acadia, Vermilion, St. Landry, and Evangeline Parishes.

In other business, the board:
- had no discussion about an introduction item that would add security to school board meetings. That issue will be voted on at the next board meeting on March 5.

- Approved appointing Hammonds & Sills as its interim general counsel. Last year, it dismissed the District Attorney's Office as its general counsel, but ADA Roger Hamilton stayed on until the board approved an interim.

- OK'd absence excuses for all board members who missed more than five meetings in 2012. Without the excuses, members would be fined $100 for each excessive absence. Concerned with ethics, each member's excuses were voted on individually. The five members who filed excuses recused themselves from voting on their own excuses, except Tehmi Chassion. Shelton Cobb voted against all excuses.



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