Jun 18, 2014 9:50 PM by Tina Macias

Cooper receives 'unsuccessful' score on evaluation

Superintendent Pat Cooper received an "unsuccessful" evaluation from the Lafayette Parish School Board, scoring a 3.54 on a scale of 0 to 8, with 8 being the highest.

He called his cumulative evaluation score of 3.54 "good to me" and "above average," when the score was released during a board meeting tonight. But the school board's evaluation document calls anything under a 4 an "unsuccessful" evaluation.

After the meeting, Cooper said he's worried the evaluation will open the door for the board to fire him. His contract allows the board to begin termination proceedings if he receives a "negative" evaluation.

Board president Hunter Beasley confirmed that the evaluation is considered "unsuccessful," and said that could open a termination hearing, but likely will not.

"At this point, I'm not considering starting up a termination process based on his evaluation scores," Beasley said.

On the board's grading scale, an 8 is distinguished, a 0 is unsatisfactory. A 3 is "average" and a 4 is "good."

Each board member graded Cooper in five categories -- policy and governance, planning, leadership, organization, professionalism and communication and community relations.

His scores were:

  • Policy and governance: 3.416
  • Planning: 3.361
  • Instructional Leadership: 3.682
  • Organizational Management: 3.428
  • Community Relations: 3.361
  • Professionalism: 4


The scores ranged greatly with three board members -- Mark Cockerham, Kermit Bouillion and Shelton Cobb giving Cooper 8's across the board, and others giving Cooper as many as 21(out of 28) zeros.

Cumulative board scores were:

  • Bouillion, Cobb and Cockerham: 8
  • Hunter Beasley: 3.11
  • Greg Awbrey: 1.39
  • Rae Trahan: 1.07
  • Mark Babineaux and Tommy Angelle: 0.93
  • Themi Chassion: 0.21


This was Cooper's second annual evaluation. Last summer, he earned a cumulative score of 4.067.



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