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CPSB approves "One Board One Voice" policy

The Caddo Parish School Board tries to end dissension among its members with a new policy. However some members believe that policy will lead to censorship.
The Caddo Parish School Board tries to end dissension among its members with a new policy. However some members believe that policy will lead to censorship.

Monday night the school board approved the "One Board One Voice" policy. The goal of the group's president is to clean up the board’s image.

Board member Curtis Hooks says a new policy isn't going to change anything.

"We'll still do the same thing. We'll talk to ya'll well at least I will and we'll go on as usual."

The policy designates the board president, Carl Pierson as the official spokesperson and all requests for comments should be referred to him.

Pierson says, “Because when the public looks at us they're also looking at the people making decisions for our school system."

The policy even goes on to say all members of the board should use appropriate decorum during and after meetings.

"Gives us an idea of how we're supposed to act and how we're supposed to present ourselves to the public."

A late amendment adds members are free to speak their own opinions, but those opinions do not officially represent the board as a whole.

Hooks says,”I don't like being on camera, but I like telling the truth about what's going on."

Captain Shreve Senior Windy Steele isn’t happy with Monday’s outcome and is worried her representatives’ voices will eventually go silent.

Pierson says it should take a couple of weeks for the new policy to be added to the board's hand book.

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