OPELOUSAS — A tenure hearing for a former St. Landry Parish school principal booked into the parish jail in 2010 for allegedly misusing school funds, was scheduled for Aug. 31 following an 11-1 vote at Thursday’s School Board meeting.
The board’s decision on the matter also included hiring Bob Hammonds as presiding officer for the hearing involving Charles Moore, who was placed on administrative leave with pay following his May 2010 arrest. He is charged with felony theft over $500 and the alleged misusing of several thousand dollars in school funds for unauthorized purposes.
At the time he was booked into the parish jail, Moore was principal at Grand Prairie Elementary.
Moore was later released from jail on $10,000 bond, according to records filed in 27th Judicial District Court.
On Thursday, board attorney Gerard Caswell said Moore will remain on paid administrative until the outcome of the hearing.
Moore nor anyone representing him were present at Thursday’s meeting.
SPECTATORS ESCORTED OUT: In another matter, Tiffani Lewis and her husband, Victor Lewis, were escorted from the meeting room by two Opelousas Police Department officers after Tiffani Lewis asked for the immediate resignation of Superintendent Michael Nassif.
Tiffani Lewis told the board she is concerned about what she said is the disproportionate number of highly qualified teachers assigned to parish schools.
Lewis said more highly qualified teachers are employed at schools where there are more white students.
Schools that contain more minority students have fewer highly qualified teachers, she said.
Board President Huey Wyble said Lewis’ allegations were out of order because the highly qualified teacher issue was not on the Academic Committee agenda, which the board was prepared to discuss.
Nassif told the board the committee report only included information about the district’s pupil progression plan.
Wyble used his gavel to silence Lewis several times, but she continued to question the board and Caswell about why she could not address the issue.
Victor Lewis, who sat in the spectator area, told the board that he, too, favored Nassif’s removal.
After the comments by Victor Lewis, Wyble asked two uniformed officers to escort the couple into the hallway.
The removal by the officers brought no objection by either of the couple.