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Vermilion Parish School Board member announces resignation at meeting

Posted: 9:00 PM, May 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-31 17:05:13-04

Vermilion Parish School Board president and member Jean Broussard has stepped down.

Jean Broussard<figcaption class="wp-caption-text" id="caption-attachment-206117">Jean Broussard

Broussard announced his resignation during tonight’s school board meeting. He spoke with KATC’s Justice Henderson saying that his health is important to him and he feels that he’s making the best decision.

The announcement was a surprise to many in attendance but Broussard says he made the decision to resign a few weeks prior to Wednesday’s meeting.

Broussard joined the board in the midst of the board being split about Superintendent Jerome Puyau. He will now send his letter of resignation to the Secretary of State for approval.

Before the Broussard’s announcement, the school board discussed the possibility of a 4-day school week and opening a charter school.

The shortened school week proposal would be to move to a Tuesday through Friday schedule for both school and central office staff as a way to possibly help with budget issues in the future.

The proposal was only up for discussion on Thursday. No decision was made on changing the workday schedule. During the meeting, Superintendent Jerome Puyau presented statistics he found on why the change in schedule would or would not work for the parish.

As for the option of a charter school in the parish, the board decided to hold a special meeting on May 23 to discuss the matter further.

The decision on the ratification of Superintendent Jerome Puyau’s contract was tabled.

KATC’s Justice Henderson will have more from the meeting during our 10:00 p.m. newscast.