Mar 18, 2014 3:32 PM by Tina Macias

Lafayette school board to discuss attorney, school calendar

The Lafayette Parish School Board will address its on-going issues with hiring a new attorney and the school system's 2014-15 calendar during meetings held today and tomorrow.

The school board voted to hire a private law firm as its temporary main attorney last month, and during a committee meeting today will discuss how to begin a search process to find a permanent "general counsel."

But that process might be delayed, because Superintendent Pat Cooper is contesting the hiring of Baton Rouge law firm Hammonds & Sills as interim general counsel. He says the board violated its own policies when it dismissed the District Attorney as its general counsel last year.

Cooper's objections will be discussed during the regular board meeting tomorrow, where Cooper will ask the board to take another vote directing him to negotiate and sign a contract with Hammonds & Sills as interim general counsel and pay them retroactively.

Last year, the board dismissed the District Attorney as its general counsel after its appointed-assistant district attorney halted an investigation into some of Cooper's hiring and managerial practices.

The board will also discuss its proposed 2014-15 school calendar tomorrow, which would reduce student days from 174 to 171 days, increase teacher training days and add Memorial Day as a student holiday.

The General Counsel Review Committee will meet at 3 p.m. today. The full school board will meet at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow. For full agendas, visit



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