Jun 4, 2014 8:31 PM by Tina Macias

LPSB mum on details that lead to superintendent investigation

Lafayette Parish School Board members chose not to air their complaints about Superintendent Pat Cooper during their meeting tonight, even though he -- and an agenda item -- asked for them to publicly criticism him.

The agenda item asked board members to disclose the complaints and "charges" that lead them to hire a special attorney to investigate Cooper.

"The absence of specificity has led to to widespread conjecture that could do irreparable harm to my reputation," Cooper said in a letter.

Board members who voted for the investigation earlier this year voted down the request without discussion. The only ones who supported the request -- Mark Cockerham, Shelton Cobb and Kermit Bouillion -- voted against the investigation.

Cooper also alleged in his letter that board members violated state law by not specifying their reasons for an investigation in a resolution.

But the attorney general OK'd the hiring of the special attorney for the investigation last month and found no issues with the resolution, a board attorney said last month, adding that it would be improper to air their complaints in public.

See Cooper's full letter here:



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