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Audubon Charter cancels CEO search meeting because it lacked proper legal notice

After failing to follow the state open-meetings law, Audubon Charter School officials cancelled tonight’s CEO Search Committee meeting.

The Lens was looking to review the committee’s agenda, which is required by law to be posted at the meeting site 24 hours in advance. We couldn’t find such a notice at either of Audubon’s campuses. Instead, the 1111 Milan St. campus’ front gate contained an agenda from an April 16 board meeting, and the 428 Broadway St. campus’ front gates had a May 10 Finance Committee meeting agenda.

The law also requires any public body with a website to post the agenda online. On a phone call this morning, Audubon Charter School operations manager Alisa Dupre said there was no official agenda in template format, but a general emailed notice included what would be discussed in the meeting. When we told her we could not find such information online, she said it was deleted when they rescheduled the meeting from Monday.

Dupre said committee members did not plan on voting on the new CEO this evening, only discussing the process, candidates, events and options of the board.

About 90 minutes after we talked to Dupre, school spokeswoman Heather Harper Cazayoux issued an email simply saying the committee meeting of French and Montessori Education, Inc. meeting was off. About an hour later, board Chairman Derek D. Bardell explained why in an email to the school community.

“In an effort to provide time for notification and posting of the agenda, the CEO Search Committee Meeting scheduled for this evening has been cancelled,” the email said. “We truly apologize for any inconvenience. We will send out notification once the meeting has been re-scheduled.”

Longtime CEO/principal Janice Dupuy retired Sept. 30 and the board appointed lower campus Assistant Principal Latoye Brown to assume her position.

On Feb. 3, Bardell wrote a letter to the Audubon Community, informing them the board had hired a search firm to find a new CEO.

Since that time, parents have grown anxious as the end of the school year approached and after one of three finalists, Randal Brown, dropped out of the search.

Today, The Lens confirmed with Rhonda Broussard that she that she had also withdrawn her application, leaving interim CEO Latoye Brown the only remaining candidate. Bardell and vice chairman Adam Fontana have not responded to emails inquiring about Broussard.

The full board is scheduled to meet Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Milan campus.

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