Major shakeups at Livingston Parish School Board central office

LIVINGSTON — Multiple sources confirm with Unfiltered with Kiran that there have been major shakeups among central office staff at the Livingston Parish School Board.

These shakeups include changes in the overall organizational flow of the Livingston Parish School District. Assistant Superintendents of Schools, Jody Purvis and Bruce Chaffin, are amongst the two names who are a part of these changes. UWK requested more information on these changes, but sources say it has created tension within the central office.

The moves come after months of backlash following a failed tax that would have given teachers a pay raise throughout the entire district. Many inside the district say the failed tax speaks to a bigger issue of the public’s distrust with the school board — particularly, Superintendent Joe Murphy.

UWK spoke with teachers, school board members and central staff employees. A majority say the failed pay raise is not why so many teachers are leaving the district. The overarching theme is that “morale is at an all-time low,” which has both new and veteran teachers looking for jobs at other school districts or jobs outside of education.

The Livingston Parish School Board is set to meet Thursday, August 3. It’s unclear how these issues will be addressed. Sources say that many within the district are looking for an explanation from Murphy regarding the recent changes.

A recent addition to Thursday night’s meeting agenda is an evaluation of Murphy’s status as superintendent. The Livingston Parish Superintendent is evaluated on an annual basis. Murphy was named to the position after a 5-4 school board vote in April 2019. His contract runs through June 30, 2024.

The board is expected to discuss the agenda item in executive session.

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