Should the Jefferson Parish School Board have paid Michael Delesdernier's legal fees?

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 14:57
The Jefferson Parish School Board voted Wednesday night to pay the court costs of Michael Delesdernier, who paid about $8,000 to pursue a restraining order against Cedric Floyd. Delesdernier and board members who support him argue that he was protecting school system employees from Floyd's aggression; Floyd counters that Delesdernier was the aggressor. The board has approved such fees before, though for different situations: it paid $10,000 of former member Libby Moran's fees after she…
Jefferson Parish School Board, including Michael Delesdernier, votes to pay Delesdernier's legal fees
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 12:21
The Jefferson Parish School Board voted Wednesday to pay for ousted member Michael Delesdernier's legal fees, against the advice of its attorney. The deciding vote, 6-3, included an affirmative vote by Delesdernier himself. Delesdernier stands to benefit from the board's decision to pay his legal fees. Stay with NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune for more on this developing story.
A 50-year history of Jefferson Parish's Dandridge schools desegregation case
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 11:36
A three-year-old settlement agreement that was meant to ensure Jefferson Parish public schools equitably serve all students is nearing its end. The Dandridge agreement, approved by the School Board in 2011, will expire on Dec. 31. The pact ended a decades-old federal lawsuit. It requires schools to correct the practices that led to disparities in education services. With the pact's expiration could come the end of the school system's Dandridge community task force, which was…
Jefferson Parish to suspend garbage, recyclables collection on Christmas
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 05:13
Jefferson Parish will not conduct curbside garbage and recycling collection on Christmas Day, which is Thursday next week. Garbage collection for those scheduled for Thursday pickup will resume the following Monday (Dec. 29), according to a parish administration press release. Recycling collection will resume Dec. 26. All drop-off sites and the parish landfill will close on Christmas and reopen the following day.
Convicted grifter at it again in Jefferson Parish, prosecutor says
Monday, 15 December 2014 11:57
A Jefferson Parish judge will decide on the eve of a Texas man's trial next month whether to allow prosecutors to show a jury the defendant's criminal history of conning unsuspecting people out of thousands of dollars. Clent Smith, 58, an accused grifter from San Antonio, is accused of conning $5,000 from a 53-year-old Harvey man in what authorities say was a "drop the pigeon" scheme.
Jefferson Parish School Board member's son pleads guilty to sex with drunk minor
Monday, 15 December 2014 10:07
A Jefferson Parish School Board member's son admitted Tuesday that he got a 16-year-old girl drunk at an Old Metairie house and had sexual intercourse with her beside a back yard swimming pool. Nicholas Dale, 19 at the time, said he then dumped the high school junior on a friend's front lawn in New Orleans' Lakeview neighborhood. Dale, whose father, Larry Dale, is the School Board's 6th District representative, pleaded guilty to carnal knowledge of…
Jefferson Council on Aging benefit is at its prime
Monday, 15 December 2014 03:53
The vintage cars and memorabilia that fill Henry Shane's Cars of Yesteryear Museum in Metairie were not only a point of interest, but were apropros for the Jefferson Council of Aging's third annual benefit, "Senior Moments." The party raises funds for this nonprofit group, which provides services for seniors such as home-delivered meals, in-home care, employment, help with medical issues, legal, and transportation, as well as recreation and wellness activities located at 10 senior centers…
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office east bank crime report, Dec. 15
Monday, 15 December 2014 03:49
This information reflects initial calls for service reported by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office for the east bank of Jefferson Parish. Locations are approximate due to automated location methods and address inconsistencies, the Sheriff's Office says. Burglar alarm calls are excluded. 27th Street and Cleary Avenue - Dec. 15, 12:01 p.m., vehicle wreck. 3100 block of 39th Street - Dec. 15, 5:39 p.m.
Two Jefferson Parish charter schools failed to publicize budgets, as required by state law
Sunday, 14 December 2014 09:13
Two charter schools in Jefferson Parish failed this year to publicize their budgets as required by state law, according to public records and interviews with school officials. Administrators at the two-campus Jefferson Chamber Foundation Academy and at Young Audiences Charter School in Gretna said they either didn't know about the law or were unaware they had not complied. Charter schools receive public money, although they are privately run.
19 Jefferson Parish public school teachers win $162,000 to improve their classrooms
Sunday, 14 December 2014 08:21
Nineteen Jefferson Parish public school teachers have been awarded $162,000 to spend on classroom materials and equipment for the 2014-15 academic year, officials announced Monday. The money is from the state's Quality Science & Mathematics Grant Program. The Gordon Cain Center for Scientific, Technological, Engineering and Mathematical Literacy at LSU administers the program. It awards competitive grants. To qualify, applicants must show that their proposal would boost instructional quality for students enrolled in math and…
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