Orleans Parish School Board Member Seth Bloom Supports Transparency
Posted on Jun 14, 2013 in Personal Injury
Orleans Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux is getting fed up with the Orleans Parish School Board’s resistance to an audit he requested on Nov. 29, 2012. Now, seven months later, the School Board is still fighting the request.
The Orleans Parish School Board has challenged the requested audit, justifying their claims with arguments that are “totally without merit” and have been disproven in case law, Quatrevaux holds. He has recently expressed his willingness to file suit against the board.
Ed Morris, School Board lead counsel, did not respond when reached for comment. However, Seth Bloom, chairman of the School Board’s legal committee, is one member on the School Board who supports an investigation. A criminal defense lawyer in New Orleans, Bloom stated that he is “completely in favor of the OIG auditing us. To show that we’re doing everything right, to show we have nothing to hide, I welcome it.” Bloom also told reporters that the audit was not in response to any specific allegations or wrongdoings.
When questioned about the School Board’s overall resistance to the audit, Bloom explained, “Certain entities in the administration don’t want people looking over their shoulder.”
Quatrevaux, who was reappointed to a second four-year term last month by the city ethics board, said it was unusual for an agency to so vehemently resist an audit. His office may still audit the agency without permission.