The director and principal of a Thibodaux charter school and her daughter have agreed to pay $7,500 in fines for violation of the state’s nepotism laws.
The Louisiana Board of Ethics assessed a $5,000 civil fine on Linda Musson, the head of the Max Charter School, and a $2,500 fine on her daughter Dana Guidry, whom Musson hired as a paraprofessional at the school.
State law bans immediate family of an agency head from being employed in that agency.
In addition, neither can a public servant participate in a transaction involving the governmental entity in which an immediate family member “has a substantial economic interest.”
According to the opinion, between July 24, 2011, and April 23, 2014, Guidry was paid $52,672 by the Max Charter School. Musson was responsible for hiring her daughter and signed Guidry’s employment contract as well as all renewals.
Under a consent opinion settling the case, Musson and Guidry admitted that they violated the ethics law and agreed to pay the fines. Musson’s will be paid under a 12-month installment plan and Guidry’s over six months.
The Max Charter School is located on the campus of Nicholls State University. The school is dedicated to educating students in first through eighth grades with dyslexia and related learning differences. The school is approved by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.