If one needed confirmation that 2018 is an election year for the Jefferson Parish School Board, Thursday's meeting removed all doubt.
Before the meeting, new board President Mark Morgan distributed copies of Robert's Rules of Order and notified members that political and personal attacks would not be tolerated during the meetings.
But member Cedric Floyd was determined to point out how some of his colleagues and he differed. During an exchange over Superintendent Isaac Joseph's contract, he said some members needed to be "uprooted" and that he would work on that effort.
Then, more than two hours later, he criticized fellow board members Sandy Denapolis-Bosarge and Larry Dale as members who would vote for whatever charter school proposal was before them.
"They're for charters no matter what," he said. When Denapolis-Bosarge objected and Morgan attempted to gavel Floyd quiet, Floyd talked louder.
"I'm just calling it like I see it, so the voters can see," he said as Morgan recessed the meeting in order to cut Floyd off.
The exchange came more than four hours into an already contentious meeting.
After they returned from the recess, Floyd accused Morgan of conspiring with fellow board member Larry Dale to silence him. And he hinted that there could be more fireworks at future meetings.
"It's going to be a long 2018 because it's a political season," Floyd said.
The elections are in November.