Application for residency against an invalid Rapides School Board member
An investigation into the residence of Rapides Parish School Board member Dr. Stephen Chapman confirms that he lives in the district he represents.
Earlier this month, a Dallas-based activist called for all votes at the regular board meeting to be quashed because he claimed Chapman did not live in the correct district.
Norris Guillot Jr., civil and community rights activist and equal employment opportunity advocate, made the claim in an email in which he also called for the resignation of three district officials, including the superintendent. Jeff Powell.
However, removing a layer and zooming in on a map on the district’s website shows that Chapman lives in District E.
The board had approved a new contract for Powell at the regular December meeting, and Guillot was there to oppose it. He filed several complaints with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of district employees.
Guillot lodged a complaint with the parquet floor of the parish of Rapides, which on Wednesday shared the letter he sent to Guillot with the results of the investigation.
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The office has investigated the complaint as a matter of public interest, although Guillot, as a resident of Texas, may not have the right to file a complaint, Assistant District Attorney Tom Wells wrote.
The letter was also signed by Terrell.
Wells and Chief Investigator Eddie Beckham interviewed people and reviewed documents from a variety of sources, including Chapman, school board staff, Rapides Parish Police jury staff, the Registrar of Electors of the Rapides Parish, Town of Woodworth staff, Rapides Parish Tax Assessor, and Rapides Land Use Planning Commission staff. .
The letter ends with Wells writing that Chapman qualifies for the District E seat.