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School Board member Kibbie Pillette (left) wants to know why Superintended Jerome Puyau is still showing up for work after being put on leave almost three month ago. Next to him is board member Jason Roy.

Pillette rants about Puyau showing up for work

Vermilion Parish School board member said school employees should not be talking to superintendent

In a special school board meeting that was called on Tuesday, school board member Kibbie Pillette closed the meeting with a rant about why Superintendent Jerome Puyau is still going to work when the board voted to put him on paid leave.
Back in August, the school board voted to put Puyau on paid leave while an outside law firm investigates Puyau.
That law firm has been investigating Puyau since August, and Puyau has not missed a day of work since being told not to go to work or speak to school employees.
From day one, Puyau said the school board does not have the authority to place the superintendent on leave.
But that was not good enough for Pillette. He has tried calling the Abbeville Police Department to have Puyau removed. But the police did not get involved.
So, on Tuesday during board
commentary, Pillette aired his frustration about Puyau, who is still showing up for work.
"Some of the motions that this board makes are not being carried out," said Pillette. "This board made a motion to place the superintendent on administrative leave, yet he comes to work every day. All of our department heads meet with him. In that motion, it said that if the department heads and teachers met with this individual, they would open themselves up to disciplinary actions by this board."
The department heads never quit meeting with Puyau, and the teachers and school employees continue to answer to Puyau as if he is still the superintendent.
"If our employees do not follow the motions we make, how can anyone take us seriously?" asked Pillette.
Pillette said the department heads should be meeting with assistant superintendent Paul Hebert and not with Puyau.
"This board made a motion, and it passed by a majority of this board. It should be carried out," he said. "The first time in all of my years on the board, I have to sit on a school board that has no power. We make motions; they do the opposite."
Pillette said the people elected the school board members to "run the system."
"I will be darned if I am going to take the power that this board is supposed to have and give it to one man," Pillette said. "We allowed it to be that way. I can not do anything on my own.
"Our decisions must be final. They must be carried out."


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