BESE member injured in wreck

A member of Louisiana’s top school board missed Wednesday’s meeting after he was in a traffic accident.

Jim Garvey, a Metairie lawyer, said he was driving to Baton Rouge in the rain when he hydroplaned and struck bridge guardrails twice on Interstate 10.

In a telephone interview, Garvey said he may have suffered a mild concussion in the one-car accident.

He said his vehicle is a total loss.

A committee of BESE met until about 9 p.m. Tuesday. The full board began its meeting at about 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Garvey, who is married and has four children, said he always returns home after BESE meetings.

BESE is an 11-member panel that sets policies for public school students statewide.

Even though he missed the meeting, Garvey was elected vice president of the board for 2013.