The La Marque Independent School District Board of Trustees, in a special meeting on Monday, voted 4-3, with Annie Burton, Shirley Fanuiel and Nakisha Paul opposed, to revoke the suspensions of Superintendent Ecomet Burley and District Police Chief Timothy Fields.
The board voted separately on revoking Burley’s and Fields’ suspensions, but both votes were divided along the same lines.
The board had voted on November 14 to impose a 30-day suspension, with no pay, for both Burley and Fields. However, concerns over whether the vote complied with open meeting laws prompted the special meeting to reconsider the matter. No specific item on the November 14 agenda suggested that the board was to consider suspending the superintendent or police chief.
The item was discussed during an executive session.
“Everyone continues to say that the board is not doing their job,” Trustee Nakisha Paul said in a separate interview with Guidry News Service. “I’ve overheard a comment that says that one of the board members on the end of the table does not raise her hand to vote unless another member on the other end pulls the string or wakes her up.
“Nakisha Paul is awake, and understands what’s going on. There are no hidden agendas from me. I only focus on LMISD and the children of this district, and my only focus is to make sure that each and every one of these students get a good education and can become model citizens. I don’t have a hidden agenda and I am not a puppet. I am focused and ready to make a change.”
Paul also commented on the meeting leading to the revoking of the suspensions.
“Last night’s meeting was a circus and I am disgusted, and the only thing that I am asking is that the citizens of La Marque can come together and support a change to make a difference and to make the district a better district,” Paul said.
No other action items were on the agenda. All members were present. Agenda