Teacher Challenges Superintendent Over Recommendation to Fire

August 18, 2004

Source: The Times-Picayune


On August 18, 2004 The Times-Picayune reported, "Embattled former West Jefferson High School teacher Wes Mix, who was accused of using racial slurs and yanking the head scarf off a Muslim student, plans to fight Jefferson Parish public schools Superintendent Diane Roussel's recommendation to fire him. Under policies governing tenured employees, Mix has requested a private hearing with the School Board scheduled for Oct. 13 in which the board can uphold, amend or reject Roussel's recommendation, board attorney Jack Grant said Tuesday... Mix, a professional musician and six-year veteran of the system, was transferred Feb. 2 from West Jefferson to Helen Cox Junior High School. Days later, he was put on indefinite paid suspension pending the results of an internal investigation... If Mix decides to fight the School Board's ruling, he would have to then take his case to state District Court."