Friday, February 6, 2009



Principal dies

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Shreveport middle school principal has died.

Bernadine Anderson, assistant to the Caddo Parish school district superintendent, said 41-year-old Monica Jenkins-Moore died on Sunday. Jenkins-Moore had been the principal at Linwood Middle School since 2004.

Grief counselors were available for students and staff Monday.


Information from: The Times,

Man pleads guilty to fraud against school board

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana man accused of participating in a scheme to defraud the Bossier Parish School Board has pleaded guilty to mail fraud.

Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Mark Edward Rowe, of Plain Dealing, worked in the school board's maintenance department and knowingly approved invoices to pay contractors for air conditioning work they failed to perform.

Rowe also allegedly failed to conduct proper inspections of the work and falsely certified that the proper equipment was in place.

Rowe faces up to 20 years in prison following his guilty plea Wednesday. His sentencing is set for May 20.

Rowe was one of five defendants indicted in the case last month. Two others already have pleaded guilty to fraud charges.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.


Teacher attacks principal, gets arrested

MARKSVILLE, La. (AP) — A Marksville High School teacher and basketball coach has been arrested after he allegedly attacked the principal at his school.

Authorities say 27-year-old Roch Michael Bordelon of Marksville was arrested Monday afternoon and booked with battery of a schoolteacher and disturbing the peace.

Marksville Police said on Tuesday that Bordelon, a special education teacher and the girls basketball coach, is accused of punching and kicking Principal Duke Allgood.

Avoyelles Parish Schools Superintendent Dwayne Lemoine said Bordelon is on administrative leave without pay.

Allgood said he wasn't able to comment on the incident because it is a personnel matter.


Information from: Alexandria Daily Town Talk,

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