It goes without saying that elected officials should show up for meetings of the public body they serve. And when “grading out” public servants, attendance and votes at meetings are the easiest and most non-refutable measuring sticks.
Seemingly, Bossier school board veteran Kenneth Wiggins has lost his zeal for his job. Wiggins missed 18 of the 24 board meetings last year (2013) and 1 of the 2 meetings this year (through February 6).
Wiggins began his current term in January of 2011. In the 69 meetings since that date he has missed 31; in baseball terms he is averaging 55% attendance of the meetings. Or put another way, he has missed 45% of the meetings.
Wiggins’ pay as a school board member is $800 per month or $9,600 per year. School board pay is constant, whether sitting at home or going to meetings. Thankfully, his term ends December 31 of this year.
Wiggins represents District 8. The schools served by this district are Airline and Bossier high schools; Cope, Greenacres and Rusheon middle schools; and Bossier, W. T. Lewis, Meadowview and Plantation Park elementary schools.
Board member Jack E. Raley has the next to worst attendance rating. Raley has missed 19 of the 69 meetings during this time period. Raley represents District 1.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, Board member J. W. Slack has perfect attendance; – – 69 out of 69 meetings; a truly remarkable record that is to be commended! Close behind in the attendance standing is Eddy Ray Presley and Glen Bullard (2 absences), Barbara Rudd and Tammy A. Smith (4 absences) and Brad L. Bockhaus and Samm Darby (5 absences) since January 1, 2011.
The real question may be if Wiggins is a resident of the district. Wiggins has major financial challenges, and it is believed he actually resides in Georgia. A timely resignation by Wiggins would preclude further inquiries into this issue and possible legal action to have him removed from office.