District Admits Another “Loan” to DA Last Year

The Lincoln Parish School District “loaned” the Third Judicial (Lincoln, Union Parishes) District Attorney’s office $30,000 a year ago, it was revealed at tonight’s meeting of the Lincoln Parish School Board (LPSB). Both times the action was unilaterally taken by Superintendent Danny Bell, without board review or approval.

The revelation came in response to a question by Lincoln Parish News Online on whether this year’s “loan” was the first time such a financial transaction had taken place between the two governmental agencies. Said Business Manager George Murphy, “This is the second year we’ve done this, and we got reimbursed last year.”

Asked if any of board members had been consulted, Murphy said they had not.

Bell and Murphy said there was no wrongdoing, but added that such an agreement won’t be done in the future without board approval.

The issue was not originally on tonight’s agenda, but got added at the request of Ruston resident Bill Smith. Surprisingly, the board voted unanimously to amend the agenda.

We will have more reporting later on tonight’s meeting.


7 Responses to “District Admits Another “Loan” to DA Last Year”

  1. Daniel Says:

    That smells like a felony.

    • Oldman Says:

      Once they get elected they think they are boss and own everything to do with as they want.We need to show them who is boss,then things will change.

  2. Mr. E Says:

    By voting unanimously to amend the agenda, it appears the board is not too happy to learn that the administrators have been cutting secret deals behind their backs. Contrary to Oldman’s insipidness, the administrator’s don’t have to face the voters like the board members do, and they don’t appreciate the administrators hanging them out to dry. It appears the board needs to have a serious heart-to-heart with the administrators to find out what else they’ve been doing that they haven’t bothered to inform the board. Time for some serious housecleaning at the staid school board!

  3. DetroitCity Says:

    Unilateral action by the staff, without the Board’s knowledge? Not cool at all.

  4. Ruth Says:

    Aw, this is just the tip of the ice berg. Go see Levy/Shealy’s budget at the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s web site, $1,000,000.00+ for payroll. WOW

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  6. Anonymous Says:

    one attorney working both sides of the table seems odd.

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