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Lemons sworn in as new Superintendent

By Cyndi Sellers

In possibly the first ceremony of its kind for an administrator, Charley Lemons was sworn in as Cameron Parish Superintendent of Schools by Clerk of Court Susan Racca on Monday, as his children Cooper and Hadley held the Bible. Lemons' hiring took effect May 15, as did the resignation of Charles Adkins, who was engaged as a consultant for the transition period of May 15-June 15, at his current pay level.

Before the vote to approve the contract with Lemons, outgoing board member Paula Smythe made the comment that she would prefer Lemons salary to start at Adkins' $100,000 base pay instead of $109,000. She also suggested that the clause granting $.54 per mile for travel be changed to an amount equal to the state or IRS mileage rate, which could change over time. No amendments were made, and the contract was approved over Smythe's lone objection. There were six yes votes; Rhonda Boudreaux was absent.

Conference Center Plans

The Board voted to authorize the new superintendent to investigate and compare costs of leasing or selling the Educational Conference Center in Cameron, or alternatively, leasing or selling the Central Office Building and relocating the administrative offices to the conference center. The cost of upkeep on the conference center and relative lack of use has been an issue with many attendees at town hall meetings, said Adkins. "Someone floated the idea of another taxing entity relocating in the conference center, such as the Cameron Main Library, but we'd have to go through FEMA and GOHSEP to start with," he said. The Library Board met on Tuesday to discuss the idea.

Later, Adkins said someone had wondered whether Venture Global or another large company might be interested in the central office building for company offices, so that item was added.

To read the rest of this story, please see page two of the print edition of The Cameron Parish Pilot.

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