Aug 20, 2014 9:39 PM by Tina Macias
The Lafayette Parish School Board will likely receive a report on an investigation into Superintendent Pat Cooper in the next week or two, board president Hunter Beasley said tonight.
The board hired special attorney Shelton Blunt earlier this year to investigate Cooper. A special board meeting was set for Tuesday to discuss the investigation and recommendations, but was quickly cancelled because Cooper was out of town.
Tonight, Cooper also complained that he has not seen a draft of the report, which Beasley admitted to receiving from Blunt.
Beasley refused to release it to other board members, saying that can see it when the full report is ready.
Cooper also said he had not talked to Blunt until this morning, and learned about the complaints that Blunt is investigating. They include:
- The hiring and retention of special assistant Thad Welsh, despite his lack of a high school diploma or GED.
- Paying Cooper's personal attorney Lane Roy without board approval.
- Hiring principals to work more days than other, and receive more pay.
- Closing Lafayette Charter School, which used to be housed at the old Lerosen Elementary School.
- Hiring transportation department administrators without commercial driver's licenses.
- Hiring a PR firm with public funds to promote a tax renewal.
- Signing a contract with the Louisiana Department of Education to evaluate charter schools without board approval.
After the board receives the report, it can decide if it wants to file official charges against Cooper and could move forward with disciplinary measures or termination.