Posted: Jul 11, 2013 10:08 PM by Erin Steuber
Updated: Jul 12, 2013 3:12 PM
In the fallout of a federal bribery investigation, there are more changes at the St. Landry Parish School Board. There's a new interim member on the board and at the same meeting, an embattled board member faced some tough questions.
First up, that new interim board member Faltery Jolivette will be sworn in on August 1st. He's a youth pastor, who graduated from St. Landry Parish schools and has children, and grandchildren, currently in the school district. He'll hold the seat vacated by disgraced board member John Miller.
Miller resigned last week after pleading guilty in federal court to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery. Miller tried to sell his vote in the recent search for a new school superintendent. But Miller is one of two board members indicted by the feds in that scandal. Quincy Richard has pled not guilty in the case. And despite even more controversy surrounding him, he's still on the board.
"Did you do it? I mean were you any part of it," said KATC's Erin Steuber.
"I'll leave that question to my legal advisor. I have all the upmost confidence that at the end all the dust will be cleared and the matter will be put behind us," said Richard.
Richard is standing by his not guilty plea, despite mounting allegations against him. The latest troubles coming just last month, when a judge ruled he's ineligible to hold elected office in the first place. Richard is a convicted felon who did not wait the required 15 years to run. That judge later ruled Richard can stay on the board, pending his appeal.
"Can you put the camera on this? Look at this hand. I'm not worried about nothing. All I'm worried about is putting these two matters behind us one at a time," said Richard.
Richard did vote Thursday, but for one of the other five candidates. The majority of the board voting for Faltery Jolivette to take Miller's place. Jolivette is looking forward to putting current scandals with the board in the past, and bringing education to the forefront.
"We need to get the family involved and just utilize what we had in the past," said Jolivette. "We don't have to build a new bridge, we can use the one we have."
Jolivette tells KATC he plans to run for the seat, when it's up for election in October. As for Richard, he'll be back in court August 19 th on those federal bribery charges.