Third Circuit Court of Appeal dismisses Puyau’s lawsuit
What a day for Vermilion Parish School Superintendent Jerome Puyau had on Wednesday.
His morning began with the celebration of the Vermilion Parish School District being ranked No. 2 in the state out of 72 school districts.
At 11 a.m., he sent an email to all school employees praising them for their work that helped make Vermilion No. 2, a ranking no school district in Acadiana has ever reached.
But, then around 12:15 p.m., his day went south after receiving a phone call.
While at a meeting, Puyau received a phone call updating him about a ruling from the Third Circuit Court of Appeal.
The Third Circuit Court of Appeal dismissed Puyau’s lawsuit with Attorney General Jeff Landry. What that means is that Puyau’s contract that he signed and was approved by the school board two years ago is no longer in effect. In other words, Puyau’s job is in jeopardy.
Puyau said he plans to appeal to the State Supreme Court.
“This chapter of my life is not finished. I will continue to fight for my contract and to provide “Our Vermilion “ with the best educators and support in the state,” said Puyau.
Jeff Landry’s suit argued that the school board conducted that Jan. 8, 2017 meeting “in an atmosphere that was hostile toward and contemptuous of” parish residents who attended it. The State Attorney General ruled that the school board violated the open meeting law, and because of that, whatever was approved at that school board meeting did not count.
Two significant things occurred at the meeting. The school board approved Puyau’s new contract worth $144,000 a year, and Rene Rost Middle School teacher Deyshia Hargrave was handcuffed and arrested while questioning Puyau’s pay raise.