Dr. Cooper says he was not interested in discussing modifying the job description for Thad Welch - who was hired without the required high school diploma. Cooper says a school board member's request is the reason why. "I felt like it was not necessary to vote on this at this point and time. I'm not asking that it be reduced." The board was expecting Dr. Cooper to request to change the job description to "high school diploma preferred."
Board member Greg Awbrey requested to undo the vote that got welch hired in the first place; a move they want on record. "To reconsider the board action on march 7, 2012 that appointed TW to special assistant to the Superintendent to Facilities, Maintenance, Grounds and Transportation."
Before Wednesday's vote, Dr. Cooper explained that he was justified in the decision he made. He says he has proof that senior administrators supported his decision. In fact, they recommended it. "Keep in mind this is my first full month on the job and I was taking the lead from veteran administrators in Central Office."
The school board attorney says Wednesday's vote just merely replaces the board's initial vote in hiring Welch. That's because only the superintendent can hire and fire. So for now, Welch keeps his job.
LPSS Thursday Meeting Preview
Lafayette Parish School Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper is expected to fight tooth and nail tonight for a school system employee he hired back in March.
Dr. Cooper will be asking the school board to allow his change the job description. The superintendent wants to remove the words "required high school diploma" to "high school diploma preferred".
The position we're talking about here is the special assistant to the superintendent of facilities and maintenance. The pay grade for this job is about $76,000 a year.