School Board debates about homestead lease

By Chris Rosa

The Vermilion Parish School Board went round and round about a homestead lease for Seth Abshire.

At last week’s school board meeting, three board members wanted to cancel Abshire’s homestead lease because he does not farm the land.

Board members Angela Faulk, Charles Campbell and Anthony Fontana were against letting Abshire remain on the two acres north of Abbeville.

Abshire has a crawfish building on the land and the board approved the lease because Abshire was farming the land. He is no longer, which is why the three members wanted to yank the lease.

“He lost the lease because he did not do what he was supposed to do,” Fontana said. “He is not crawfishing for us and he is not working for us, so he no longer has the right to be on the property. He lost the lease due to his own fault.”

Board member Bill Searle replied he saw no harm in allowing Abshire to remain on the land and complete his lease.

Abshire is leasing two acres and another farmer is leasing the rest from the school board.

School board member Dexter Callahan agreed with Searle and wants Abshire to finish his lease.

Abshire was not happy with the school board going back on its lease agreement.

“I received a letter saying if I did certain things, I could keep the homestead, now things are different,” Abshire said. “I am not happy about this and no one can tell me why my contract was canceled.”

Despite the argument from Fontana, Faulk, and Campbell they could not convince the other board members to cancel Abshire’s lease.

Voting to allow him to keep the lease until 2011 were board members Ricky Broussard, Callahan, Ricky LeBouef, Chris Mayard and Bill Searle.

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