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There was another heated debate at Wednesday's meeting  of the Lafayette Parish  School Board. One board member rattled off a barrage of concerns. The superintendent was prepared with a list of his own. "I disagree with Hammonds and Sills. I disagree with the board; and there's good reasons to disagree.  As he stated several times that's his opinion," says superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper.

School board member, Dr. Tehmi Chassion wanted to know if the school board is responsible for the superintendent's cost for legal counsel.  Chassion's inquiry was one of many he made at the meeting. "The attorney that was hired was at a rate of $250 and I'm being questioned as to why we passed a resolution; that floors me," says Chassion.

Board member Greg Awbrey wanted to know if it's correct that the school system cannot pay an attorney without passing a resolution?  Special counsel to the school board Bob Hammonds says that he doesn't think the money was owed; but to get it back legal action may have to be taken. "You got to have a resolution approved by the board; that's the first step.  The resolution cannot exceed $175 and it has to have the Attorney General's approval that's the third part.  In our opinion, none of those steps were followed in this particular case," answers Hammonds.

Dr. Pat Cooper weighed in and weighed in heavy with a list of his rights to retain counsel.  There's no other counsel available to him and staff for a merit of reasons: including some board members violating state policies, state laws and state ethics laws. "In my contract it says you can get reimbursed for travel.  You can get reimbursed for moving expenses.  You can get reimbursed for legal expenses.  It's in the contract," adds Dr. Cooper.

Cooper says he wants to send a clear signal to the community, staff and board that he's here for the long haul. "We're on the road to greatness and I intend to honor my commitment even if it takes a legal fight to do it." says the superintendent.

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