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Jul 8, 2010 7:40 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Three School Board Members Retire

Within weeks of each other--three veterans of the Lafayette Parish School Board announced their retiring. Between the three of them there's fifty-seven years of experience.

Mike Hefner, Edward Sam, and Carl LaCombe have all decided this is their last year.

LaCombe said, "Mr. Sam and Mr. Hefner getting off didn't factor into my decision--it was all centered around my job."

Lacombe is the current president and has served on the board for 16 years.

"My regular job is demanding more and more of my time and the amount of travel is going to be a lot greater," he said. "So there's no way I could do justice to the board with work."

Sam is the oldest member. He's been on the board for twenty years. He says it's just the right time to say goodbye.

Sam said, "It's time for somebody else to share their ideas and their opinions on education in the parish. That's one reason--the other reason my wife is ill."

Current school board Vice President Mike Hefner says he's not running again because his work load is heavy. Hefner will be helping redraw election districts.

Superintendent, Burnell Lemoine, said "I thoroughly enjoyed working with them and I'm going to miss them. You miss people you are used to working with."

School board members aren't the only ones retiring. The superintendent says this next year will be his last.

Burnell said, "You start projects and you'd like to see them through but then you'd be there forever, so there's a time when you just have to say, but I've thoroughly enjoyed."

LaCombe, Hefner and Sam's last day will be December 31.

Lemoine will stay until next June, so the school board has time to elect a new superintendent for the following school year.

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