"Back Off or Step Up." A Support Rally for Dr. Pat Cooper - KLFY News 10

"Back Off or Step Up." A Support Rally for Dr. Pat Cooper

Supporters of the turnaround plan for Lafayette parish schools, met at Northside High school Monday afternoon.


Speakers drove home the idea to keep a positive message out in the community for the 100 percent in, 100 percent out plan, created by Superintendent, Dr. Pat Cooper.


For all intents and purposes those turnaround backers, did not want school board members, who still have questions about the plan to show up. But they did, especially after called out in an email circulating among supporters.


It seems a lot of heat has come down on the Lafayette parish school board in the past few weeks. From teachers departing early to questions about how the parish handles disciplinary problems in schools.


"That needs to stop children getting up in a teachers face, and cursing them out. When you do that you're out," says Ella Arsement.


Arsement is a parent with three children who've gone through public schools, she's an overall supporter of Cooper's turn around plan but wants to know how disciplinary situations would be handled under it.


"There are some things that may need to be tweaked but he's on the right track," explains Arsement.


To keep the message positive, supporters called a meeting Monday afternoon at Northside high. The school that houses a pilot program of the 100 percent in, 100 percent out plan.


"Everyone believes that where we are today is unacceptable having 17 D or F schools in our district is unacceptable," says community leader Greg Davis.


Davis sent out two emails, with different recipients, and with two different messages. In one, Davis urges them to influence board members to stop interfering with Coopers implementation of the plan. Which some board members found odd.


"We're a policy board it's up to the administration to run the school system day to day and to don't know what they mean by us interfering," says board member Mark Allen Babineaux.


Davis explained his comments by likening the Superintendent to the CEO of the school system.


"We've got to get out of his way and let him do his job, and we could encourage our school board to judge him on his performance," explains Davis.


Other board members at the meeting feel Davis's comment about interfering was meant to be some form of intimidation to accept the plan as is, but they still have questions specifically concerning funding of the plan.


Doug MacDiarmid

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