Lafayette Parish School Board OKs $150,000 salary for interim superintendent


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LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — The Lafayette Parish School Board has approved an annual salary of $150,000 for interim Superintendent Burnell LeJeune, who was appointed to the job last week after the board fired Pat Cooper.

The Advocate reports ( LeJeune's compensation package, which is retroactive to Nov. 10, the date he was appointed to the job, also includes a $700 monthly vehicle allowance and a $160 monthly cellphone allowance.

LeJeune's current salary is $97,320. He is a 38-year veteran of the school system who held dual director roles with oversight of the system's career and technical education and the Schools of Choice program. He was named to the superintendent's post after the board fired Cooper on Nov. 6. Cooper is appealing the board's decision in state district court.

Prior to the board's vote Wednesday, LeJeune told board members the proposed compensation package was fair. He said he might not take the cellphone allowance if the board's budget excludes such allowances for other employees.

The board's adopted budget, which has not been implemented yet, includes cuts to cellphone reimbursements and mileage for employees.

"I'll be in the same confines as anybody else in the supervisory director positions," LeJeune said of the cellphone allowance.

Information from: The Advocate,

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