Jun 4, 2014 8:31 PM by Tina Macias
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: http://t.co/UhfIS76URZ