MSCB, school board, dysfunctional - KNOE 8 News; KNOE-TV; KNOE.com |

MSCB internal squabbles worries parents in Monroe

Posted: Updated: Dec 5, 2012 06:35 PM

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Firey exchanges at the Monroe City School Board meeting Tuesday night, has left a sour taste in the mouths of many parents.

Parents are telling KNOE, it's just another distraction, focusing efforts somewhere other than on the children. The antics of some of the board members on Tuesday night has parent Andy Trahan worried, who says those in charge of taking care of the children are acting like children themselves.

"It cant' look good given the fact that they are looking for a superintendent and given the history of the two prior superintendents that I know of, you put it all together and its just an ugly situation," said Trahan who lives in district 2.

Trahan is talking about the heated exchanges that began after board president Verbon Muhammad read a complaint from employee Davona Howard. It said a conversation was accidentally recorded on Howard's voicemail between board member Vickie Krutzer and an unnamed man.

In the message the man, not Vickie Krutzer, tossed around a racial slur apparently directed toward black members of the superintendent search committee and their IQ's, the message also criticized Rodney Mcfarland's leadership of that committee.

As a result, Muhammad removed her as finance chair and even threatened her saying, "If she's not going to resign, we'll do our best to isolate her from district 2," said Muhammad.  But Trahan says that action is a bigger deal than a school board squabble and hurts Krutzers district.

"That certainly doesn't seem to be the right thing to do, I'm in district 2 and I have nothing to do with this, I don't think I should suffer. I think by isolating her and essentially taking her voice, takes away her representation and takes away my voice," said Trahan.

We spoke with several other district 2 parents off camera, who shared similar concerns and say they are tired of all the board drama and want their elected leaders to focus on the children.

We asked Krutzer if she would take legal action. She referred us to her attorney, who has not returned our call.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Grambling State senior found dead in Lafayette park ditch

    Grambling State senior found dead in Lafayette park ditch

    Monday, April 14 2014 1:24 PM EDT2014-04-14 17:24:57 GMT
    GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE 8 News)— The Grambling State University community is in shock by the death of a senior criminal justice major.
    GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE 8 News)— The Grambling State University community is in shock by the death of a senior criminal justice major.
  • Monroe Couple arrested for stealing from employer

    Monroe Couple arrested for stealing from employer

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-04-16 23:23:50 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - KNOE 8 News has learned that Justin and Mary Ewing were employees at Vieux Carre in Monroe.
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - KNOE 8 News has learned that Justin and Mary Ewing were employees at Vieux Carre in Monroe.
  • Shooting breaks out during basketball court fight

    Shooting breaks out during basketball court fight

    Shooting breaks out during basketball court fight

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:13 AM EDT2014-04-17 13:13:38 GMT
    WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Ouachita Parish Sheriff's investigators need the public's help finding a shooting suspect.Sheriff's deputies tell KNOE 8 News that two men were arguing at a basketball
    WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Ouachita Parish Sheriff's investigators need the public's help finding a shooting suspect.
  • McAllister camp finally speaks

    McAllister camp finally speaks

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 4:20 PM EDT2014-04-15 20:20:37 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - KNOE 8 News has received official word from Congressman Vance McAllister's office that he will return to Washington, D.C.
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - KNOE 8 News has received official word from Congressman Vance McAllister's office that he will return to Washington, D.C.
  • Fight between step-brothers becomes deadly

    Fight between step-brothers becomes deadly

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 1:07 PM EDT2014-04-16 17:07:48 GMT
    BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputies say an altercation between two step-brothers turned deadly with one shooting the other.
    BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff's deputies say an altercation between two step-brothers turned deadly with one shooting the other.
  • Shelton dies of accidental drowning

    Shelton dies of accidental drowning

    Tuesday, April 15 2014 10:17 AM EDT2014-04-15 14:17:37 GMT
    LAFAYETTE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Lafayette authorities have ruled out foul play in the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found in Girard Park over the weekend.
    LAFAYETTE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Lafayette authorities have ruled out foul play in the death of a 21-year-old woman whose body was found in Girard Park over the weekend.
  • Body found at Tallulah motel

    Body found at Tallulah motel

    Monday, April 14 2014 5:18 PM EDT2014-04-14 21:18:24 GMT
    TALLULAH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A body has been found outside a Tallulah motel.
    TALLULAH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A body has been found outside a Tallulah Days Inn motel.
  • Hart alleges wife made up kidnap story

    Hart alleges wife made up kidnap story

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:55:36 GMT
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A new development in the case against businessman Dean Hart Jr. Wednesday.
    MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A new development in the case against businessman Dean Hart Jr. Wednesday.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KNOE. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.