School system issues statement regarding board member
The Bossier Parish School Board will meet tonight under a cloud following a member’s indictment on federal drug charges earlier this week.
Dist. 5 representative Mike Mosura was charged Wednesday by federal authorities on one count of conspiring to distribute anabolic steroids. A Bossier City couple, Brant and Julie Landry, were also charged in the indictment.
Bossier Schools issued this statement to the Press-Tribune regarding the case: “We know very little about the circumstances of this case and reserve comment except to say these are solely allegations and our thoughts are with Mr. Mosura and his family during this particularly difficult time.”
When reached for comment regarding what the next step is, Bossier Schools Public Relations Liaison Sonja Bailes replied that Mosura is not a Bossier Schools employee and “is innocent until proven guilty by court of law.”
She added that Mosura had told her that he does not intend to resign and he is going to fight the charge.
The board is not expected to make a statement regarding the indictment at tonight’s meeting. They could go into executive session to discuss the issue, however, the media and public would not be privy to the conversation.
“They could go into executive session to discuss it, but they would need to have a unanimous vote (to add the session to the meeting agenda) and then approve the agenda item,” explained Bailes.
Mosura is running unopposed for re-election to the board. He was first elected to the board in 2002.
The indictment is the latest controversy for Bossier Schools following a lawsuit from Americans United for Separation of Church and State alleging proselytizing of Christianity during school events earlier this year and the removal of a local gym’s logo from a high school football field for its religious imagery after the gym had purchased the space.
The Press-Tribune will update from the meeting with any news regarding the case.