Several Port Allen schools were recently extended national accolades for their work in the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP), including a distinctive award given to Port Allen Middle School.
The West Baton Rouge School Board acknowledged major improvements to Grandeury Field, the football field located behind Port Allen Middle School, after a cooperative endeavor with WBR Parish helped upgrade the facility.
On any given Monday night in Brusly, after the high school’s halls have been swept and the front doors locked to signify the end of the workday, the sound of a low rumble fills the high school’s gymnasium as people from all over the community and surrounding areas begin to fill the large space.
The Port Allen city council has updated the city’s code of ordinances with regard to department heads, employment procedures, salary information and banking procedures.
The code of ordinances previously mentioned department heads but never clarified who they were. A majority of the city council moved to change that fact last year when former mayor Demetric “Deedy” Slaughter fired the city’s CFO without city council approval.
Many city officials and residents considered the CFO a department head whose hiring and firing is subject to city council approval. However, Slaughter maintained that the CFO was simply “an administrative staff position to the mayor.”
CFO Audrey McCain took the issue to court in February of last year and won a preliminary injunction reversing the firing and preventing Slaughter from taking any adverse employment action against her.
The Port Allen city council has now clarified the term ‘department heads’ to mean the following five positions: CFO, Chief Administrative Officer, Director of Public Works, Fire Chief and Police Chief.
When Demetric “Deedy” Slaughter entered the office of the mayor of Port Allen in January 2013, no one was expecting that residents of the city would be preparing to rush to polls only 15 months later to elect a mayor.