Special Assistant to the Superintendent, Thad Welch is taking on more responsibilities in the Lafayette Parish School System.
You'll recall Welch's position came under fire from the school board after it was revealed he does not have a high school diploma. In January 2012, Welch started working as a... more »
Major changes in Lafayette Parish Schools' staffing is in the works. The superintendent plans to create new positions, eliminate others and change the roles of some central office staff. Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper said his plan is to move more staff out of the central office and into schools.
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By a vote of 5 to 3, the Lafayette Parish School Board approved the so-called 'Turnaround Plan' for the school system. Through changes to academics, health/wellness, facilities & maintenance the goal is to bring the school system from its current 'C-rating' with The Department of Education to an 'A-rating' over... more »
Can Lafayette Schools turn around in six years? That's the plan. Dubbed the turnaround plan, Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper hopes to pass major changes to the school system to improve its standing.
"We're going to get these children ready to learn," Dr. Cooper said. His ideas are major changes... more »
Is that too steep a salary for the Lafayette Superintendent? That's the salary Dr. Pat Cooper was asking for to become the parish's new top educator. For the school board, the decision wasn't an easy one. It came down to a split decision.
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In a special meeting Wednesday night, the Lafayette Parish School Board selected Dr. Pat Cooper as the top candidate for the superintendent job.
"I think it was his energy, his energy and his ability to get a lot of people to the table," said board president Mark Babineaux.
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The Lafayette Parish School Board will select a new superintendent Wednesday evening. The final three candidates spent Tuesday evening introducing themselves to the community. After months of interviews, board members say Katie Landry, Walter Gonsoulin and Pat Cooper are their strongest candidates based on their track records.
Katie Landry... more »