BESE member injured in wreck BESE member injured in wreck Jim Garvey Capitol news bureau Dec. 07, 2012 Comments 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.