The Jefferson Parish School Board is hiring an attorney to look into allegations leveled against the district's superintendent by board member Cedric Floyd.
Floyd has not publicly revealed the allegations against Superintendent Isaac Joseph, but he shared them with fellow board members during a closed-door session Tuesday. The board then voted unanimously to bring in an outside lawyer to review them.
Joseph said during the session that he had not looked at the claims and he would have his attorney review them before he would comment.
Board member Mark Morgan said the allegations involve matters of both board policy and state law and were "very technical."
The board chose New Orleans attorney John Litchfield to look into the matter. Litchfield was not at the meeting, and Morgan said he could decline the appointment if he chose.
Morgan said later that it was important the board have an outside party look at the allegations rather than have it appear the board was trying to sweep something under the rug.
He said the board's action should not be taken as an endorsement or rejection of Floyd's claims.
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"The fact that we've taken this action makes no comment as to the validity of the allegations," he said. "When an allegation is made by any board member, we have to vet it fully."
Floyd, who was once an ally of Joseph, caused a stir at the August meeting when he suggested Joseph should be suspended because he had violated board policy and state law.
Floyd did not provide specifics at that meeting but said he would present formal allegations prior to the Sept. 12 board meeting.
With minutes to go before Tuesday's meeting started, many board members said they had not yet received any details of the allegations. Several said they had tried to call or text Floyd with no success. But just before the meeting began, Floyd appeared and handed out manila envelopes to his colleagues.
After the meeting, Floyd refused to comment on the matter.