The executive director of the Louisiana School Boards Association has been fired, officials said Monday.
Nolton Senegal Sr., who held the job since 2007, was removed from his post by the board of the association, which represents about 650 local school board members statewide.
Senegal’s dismissal stemmed from an investigation of possible misappropriation of funds by another member of the staff, according to Darrin Manuel, president of the LSBA board of directors, in a prepared statement.
Manuel declined to elaborate.
“We didn’t want to really discuss that at this time,” Manuel said. “There is an ongoing investigation.”
The board’s action was the result of Senegal’s failure to properly report on allegations of wrongdoing in his office, said Don Whittinghill, a consultant for the LSBA.
“I don’t have any comment,” Senegal said in a brief telephone interview Monday.
Last week officials said Senegal was on voluntary, paid leave during an investigation of his office.
The LSBA board of directors met in Marksville on Friday.
The director of business and finance for the LSBA, Lloyd Dressel, was named interim executive director, said Manuel, who is a member of the Beauregard Parish school board in DeRidder.
Dressel said he is unsure whether he would be interested in the job permanently.
He said the board has named a subcommittee to spell out qualifications for the post.
Whittinghill said another employee of the LSBA office has been dismissed in connection with the investigation.
Dressel declined comment on that.
Senegal, who is a lawyer, is a former member of the Acadia Parish School Board. He regularly testified on education bills in the Legislature.