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LPSS and Dr. Cooper

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LPSS School Board Members voted six to three in favor of a reprimand for Dr. Pat. Cooper. A letter of reprimand will be put into Lafayette Parish Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Pat Cooper's personnel file. This stems from school board member Greg Awbrey's view that Cooper should fire Facilities Director, Thad Welch, who was hired without a high school diploma.

Awbrey says the board has already un-hired Welch through a vote, but Cooper refuses to fire him.

Awbrey requested to handle this situation behind closed doors, however state law allows those who are targets of executive sessions, the option of handling it in public which, the superintendent did.

Awbrey said he is hoping the board can get on with other issues.

 "It just seemed like every time you turned around, there was one side accusing another side of this or that. We kept seeing on TV or reading in the newspapers the board is this or the board is that. I'm hoping that now everybody can go to their own corners on this issue and we're done with it"

The meeting also got heated at the end. Tehmi Chaisson claims he was basically physically assaulted, by an unnamed person, when he went to the bathroom. He says there are public records requests to make him look like a monster.

Chaisson says he wants to support the superintendent's turnaround plan, but needs to believe the superintendent, because he had been lied to. Superintendent Dr. Pat cooper did not want to comment on the issue.  Wednesday night's meeting finished around midnight. The reason was the overwhelming show of support for Cooper's turnaround plan from community leaders.

Before the Lafayette Parish School Board could get down to business they listened to speaker after speaker from various community organizations to local business leaders voice their support for Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper's Turnaround Plan.

Even a teacher new to the parish gave his reasoning why there needs to be a change for the future of Lafayette Parish schools. Even before the public comments Cooper himself gave a rousing speech over why petty differences and misinformation circling in the public needed to be put aside so the district can move forward.

Doug MacDiarmid

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