- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A security guard could soon be in attendance at all Lafayette Parish School Board meetings.

The Advertiser reports (https://bit.ly/1cZm4EE ) the board’s executive committee recommended Tuesday that the board president have the authority to request security for all regularly scheduled board meetings rather than on an as-needed basis. The recommendation will go before the full board within the next few weeks.

Last month, the full board agreed to give its president the ability to decide when he or she wanted security at meetings. Lafayette School Board President Hunter Beasley convened the committee to discuss whether security should be present regularly.

Board and executive committee member Shelton Cobb said he felt it best for a security guard, likely a school resource officer, attend all regular meetings.

“I think having security is a good idea,” Cobb said. “I don’t know if we should have options, because you don’t know what’s going to happen at a board meeting.”

Beasley said he would not anticipate requesting security at non-regular meetings, or other meetings.

Board and executive committee member Tommy Angelle said he envisions the security being in place to ensure order among audience, while also giving the public the proper opportunities to speak on issues.

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Information from: The Advertiser, https://www.theadvertiser.com


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