May 7, 2014 9:27 PM by katc

LPSS Superintendent Investigation Reconsidered

An investigation into Lafayette Parish schools superintendent Pat Cooper was revived tonight.

The Lafayette Parish School Board approved the hiring of attorney Sheldon Dennis Blunt of the law firm of Phelps Dunbar of Baton Rouge to investigate Cooper's.

Board members have voiced issues with Cooper's hiring practices and management style.

Tonight's resolution comes after another law firm opted out of the investigation, citing work load issues.

The hiring of Blunt must now be approved by the Attorney General, which board attorney Bob Hammonds said should be done quickly.

The last resolution took 10 months to get attorney general approval after a former board attorney and assistant district attorney halted the approval, Hammonds said.

Cooper took issue with Blunt's former employment with Hammonds, saying too many people are interconnected in the investigation.

But Hammonds said Blunt is one of the few attorneys in the state who has an expertise in school law. He recently led an investigation of a superintendent in north Louisiana.

The resolution was approved in a 6-2 vote. Kermit Bouillion and Shelton Cobb voted against. Mark Cockerham was absent.



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