Jefferson Parish School Board member Cedric Floyd, who has already called for the board to consider firing Superintendent Isaac Joseph, said Wednesday he will ask it to suspend Joseph while an investigation into as-yet unreleased allegations against Joseph proceeds.
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On Sept. 12, the board voted to hire an outside attorney to look into charges against Joseph that included possible "violations of state law and board policy." Floyd has not publicly detailed the charges, which were discussed in a closed-door session.
Although the board voted to hire attorney John Litchfield to sort out Floyd's claims, members took pains to make clear that the action did not mean they necessarily found the accusations credible.
Wednesday, at the first board meeting since that vote, Floyd said he planned to ask the board to suspend Joseph and appoint an acting superintendent while the investigation plays out.
Floyd brought up the issue during a section of the meeting known as first readings. The board does not typically discuss issues brought up in first readings.
A call to Joseph's attorney was not returned.
The fallout from the charges is the latest drama to swirl around Floyd, an often combative board member.
He first raised the idea of suspending Joseph at a meeting in August, promising that detailed charges would be forthcoming before the board's Sept. 12 meeting.
A few minutes before that meeting began, members said they had yet to see the charges, and several said attempts to reach Floyd had been unsuccessful.
But just before the meeting was called to order, Floyd appeared, carrying a stack of envelopes which he distributed to each board member, plus Joseph and the board's attorney. The board then voted to go into closed session to discuss Floyd's allegations.
Floyd has refused to disclose the charges, though he has denied that they had anything to do with the recent firing of Corey Lambert, the controversial John Ehret High School head football coach and assistant principal who was let go over the summer.
Board member Mark Morgan, who also serves as Gretna's city attorney, would say only that the charges were "very technical."
The board will take up Floyd's latest proposal at its Oct. 10 meeting.