Ex-Jefferson School Board aide files EEOC complaint against former board president _lowres

Cedric Floyd

The Jefferson Parish School Board’s staff secretary resigned Thursday, just a few weeks after accusing the board’s president of being verbally abusive to her.

School Board members Mark Morgan and Larry Dale confirmed Saturday that Sharon Hunter has stepped down from her job.

The incident that led Hunter to file a grievance against School Board President Cedric Floyd occurred in mid-August.

People who described the incident to The New Orleans Advocate said Floyd lost his temper with Hunter after asking her to keep a $24.5 million check from BP — money from the settlement reached with local governments over the company’s 2010 oil spill — in her desk. She felt uncomfortable doing that and instead gave the check to the school district’s chief financial officer, setting off Floyd’s tirade, those people said.

Floyd has denied that version of events, saying he always has been appropriate and professional in his dealings with Hunter.

Nonetheless, Hunter filed a grievance against Floyd and requested a third-party investigation into her allegations.

Neither Hunter nor Floyd immediately responded to requests for comment Saturday.

Morgan said his impression was that Hunter decided to leave her job because she did not feel she was receiving adequate support from the school district.

Morgan called Hunter, 46, an exemplary employee and said he planned to “fully investigate” whether the district has adequately followed up on her grievance.

Floyd, 58, has been president of the School Board since January. He has assumed a bigger leadership role since last year’s board elections gave his faction, which is allied with the parish teachers union, a dominant position on the board.

He has been accused previously of having a volatile temper.