School Board Committee Recommendation: Suspend Discretionary Advertising

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By Dave Freneaux

The Central Community School Board requested its Finance Committee to meet Monday evening to "consider and take appropriate action relative to procedures and policies pertaining to advertising by the Central Community School System."  The committee did meet, but no real discussion of policies and procedures occurred.  Instead, research requested of the School System's attorney seemed to indicate that the School System may have no legal authority to pay for advertising at all, except for required legal notices in the Advocate, the official journal of the School System.
Discussion amongst committee members yielded a consensus that many other school systems do advertise, so it was felt there must be some exception to the law which seemed to prohibit such advertising.  As a result, the committee has recommended to the School Board that all discretionary advertising be suspended and that a request be made for the Louisiana Attorney General's office to give an opinion as to what discretionary advertising, if any, a local School Board is allowed to do.  It is presumed that once that determination is made, the School Board will again address the issue of setting policies regarding discretionary advertising.


  1. cmay09

    September 21, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Amazing that schools need to advertise, especially since schooling in America is forced. Just because other schools do it, does that mean they all have to do it? You know, a penny saved….

  2. Tim Lazaroe

    September 21, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    Dave, are you going to post the audio of that meeting — for those of us who were not able to attend?

    • dave

      September 22, 2010 at 7:12 am

      I had not planned to since the only new issue discussed is the committee’s intent to request an attorney general’s opinion on the legality of discretionary advertising. The actual agenda, in my opinion, was never discussed. I presume that once the legality issue is decided there will be a discussion either in committee or in full school board regarding advertising policy.

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