New attorney meets with Livingston School Board

The Livingston Parish School Board’s newly hired attorney assured board members Tuesday night that his legal work for the state’s school administrators organization would not present a conflict of interest.

The board retained Mark Boyer April 30 by a vote of 5-4, but board member Keith Martin and others questioned whether or not Boyer could represent the board while at the same time serving as attorney for the Louisiana Association of School Administrators.

Boyer told board members meeting as a committee of the whole, “I work for you and I will work hard for this board and to the very best of my ability.”

Boyer said that in the rare events that his position as board attorney would come in conflict with his representation of LASA, then he would defer such cases to another attorney. Boyer said he served LASA in a largely advisory capacity and added that he has had few calls from school administrators in Livingston Parish.

Boyer, who practices law in Denham Springs, will be paid $150 an hour for routine School Board work such as attending meetings. Boyer also will advise the board on parliamentary procedure.

Superintendent of Schools John Watson said his office would supply Boyer with legal cases now pending against the board so that a determination can be made on how to resolve those cases. He said he would work with Boyer in trying to resolve some legal issues with which the board is involved.

Other business coming before the board included:

USED BUSES: The board decided to look into buying 15 to 20 used school buses from Ross Bus Co., of Alexandria.

The buses, which will replace a number of units lost during the current academic year due to accidents and mechanical problems, will be delivered this summer.