On leave: Schools head whose raise sparked protest, arrest

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ABBEVILLE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana school superintendent whose hefty pay increase led to the videotaped handcuffing of a complaining teacher has been put on paid administrative leave.

South Louisiana news outlets report Jerome Puyau (PEE'-oh) was placed on leave Monday night after the Vermilion Parish School Board voted to investigate a list of complaints by his critics.

Puyau has been Vermilion's superintendent since 2013. In January, members renewed his contract with a raise of about $30,000. A teacher who questioned the raise at a board meeting was then handcuffed in a rough, video-recorded arrest that sparked outrage around the U.S. The board's president later resigned.

Puyau's backers credit him with the Vermilion system's high state rankings. Opponents' allege he has been confrontational and disrespectful to opponents and has improperly overruled board decisions.

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