The Times reported this morning that partial restitution has been made in the Bossier School fraud case.
"This week, the board received a lump sum of $496,086.18 from the federal clerk of court's office as "restitution payments and seized and sold assets" from a case involving former Bossier School Board employees and Ark-La-Tex Air Repair. There may be additional payments, but this likely will be the largest amount, board attorney Jon Guice said."
........"Ark-La-Tex Air Repair co-owners Garrett Gene Wilson and Alan Victor Lee and former Bossier school employees Winfred Johnston, William Rodes and Mark Rowe pleaded guilty early last year to one count of mail fraud as a result of a 196-count indictment arising from a scheme to defraud the School Board in the purchase and maintenance of air-conditioning systems from 2004-08."
....... "I think bottom line why they did it, it wasn't for us; it was for those kids," District 1 School Board member Jack Raley said of the U.S. attorneys involved in the case. He suggested that the School Board write them a letter of thanks."
I don't think they did it for 'those kids', I think they did it because they are charged with prosecuting crimes, in this case, 196 crimes over a four year period.
It still amazes me that the board promoted the person who was in charge of administration during this period, to Superintendent.
The board members who voted to install D. C. Machen as superintendent are: Brad Bockhaus, Allison Brigham, Tammy Smith, Michael Mosura, Bill Kostelka, Julian Darby, Mack Knotts.
Since the entire board is up for election this year, this may be something to consider in making your decision.
Morgan Johnson is running against Alison Brigham in District 3.
Jo Jo Hamiter is opposing Tammy Smith in District 4, while Mack Knotts has a couple of opponents in the District 12 race.