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VPSB Superintendent Jerope Puyau files a lawsuit against school board

Tension continues to rise among members of the Vermillion Parish School Board, yet another lawsuit has been filed. Superintendent Jerome Puyau confirmed with News 15 that he has filed a lawsuit against 3 current board members and one former member. The board voted back on August 16th to keep Puyau on administrative leave until the investigation through the attorney generals office is complete.
But now he’s firing back with a lawsuit of his own. The lawsuit claims the board violated his civil rights when they voted to suspended him twice and attempted to remove him from office.
the law suit names current board members, President Laura Lebeouf, Vice President Kibbie Pillette, and David Dupuis, as well as former board member Sara Duplechain. Puyau is seeking damages for the alleged civil rights violations, punitive damages, attorneys’ fees and injunctions against the named members of the current school board.
According to the lawsuit tensions have been building for quite some time but despite the turmoil the schools in the parish have still been excelling. The Vermillion Parish School System received an ‘A’ grade for the 2018 school year and was one of the top five performing districts in the state. News 15 spoke to a teacher at one of the Vermillion Parish Schools, they declined to go on camera, but said they are beyond tired and frankly disappointed that another lawsuit is in play. Others we spoke to say they just want the school board to get their focus back on the kids.