Legal adviser: Bergeron stays for now

NEW ROADS — Pointe Coupee Parish School Board President Brandon Bergeron will remain in office until a majority of the board elects a new president, the board’s legal adviser said.

The board revisited the issue Thursday night following a confusing tie vote Dec. 20 on reappointing Bergeron to another one-year term.

Board member James Cline argued during the December meeting that since a majority of the board had not agreed to reappoint Bergeron, the panel was obligated to nominate someone else to serve as president for the coming year.

“Mr. Bergeron, you will remain as president until such time they elect someone to replace you,” board attorney Bob Hammonds told members Thursday night. “If the board doesn’t reach a majority to elect a new president, then you will continue to sit, but you’d be subject to being replaced at any meeting where the board got a majority to bring in a new president.”

Hammonds suggested the School Board open the floor immediately to nominations for the office of president, opening the way for the nominee with the most votes to step into the position.

Bergeron called for nominations for candidates to succeed him, but none were forthcoming from the board.

“I guess it doesn’t need to be said, but hearing no nominations, Mr. Bergeron, you just keep on; nothing changes,” Hammonds said.

“I appreciate it, guys,” Bergeron said before moving on to additional agenda items, including:

SCHOOL OFFICER: The board gave the superintendent authority to broker a contract with the city of New Roads to assign a resource officer to Rosenwald Elementary School.

The board agreed to hire three more resources officers from the Sheriff’s Office to secure the campuses of the district’s three remaining schools that now lack resource officers, Superintendent Linda D’Amico said Friday.

D’Amico said the armed officers will be stationed at the four campuses while the school develops a more comprehensive districtwide security plan.

GYM AGREEMENT: The board agreed to join with the Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury for use of its Morganza gymnasium as a site for a youth recreation program the jury’s Parks and Recreation Committee is setting up.

Committee Chairwoman Janet Vosburg told the board the facility will used for youth basketball, volleyball and related activities.

“We want to get the program started next year,” Vosburg said. “There are a lot of repairs to do on the gym and we understand it’s our responsibility to get the gym up to par.”