Mediator considered to help resolve LPSS issues - KLFY News 10

Mediator considered to help resolve LPSS issues


Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper believes the involvement of a mediator will allow the board and himself to see the view of an unbiased professional.

Dr. Cooper says, "I want them to be able to say here it is, let's vote this up or down. But I think it's probably the only way we're going to get to the bottom of this and be able to start to send the kids community the way that we should."

Dr. Cooper has already received several offers for the mediator position. "Clyde Simien, he is an attorney that does this kind of work and some other people that have been very successful, and well respected. So I think for mediation somebody like that" says Cooper.

And to assist with the decision making and provide leadership: "There's a gentleman here in town, Dr. Nathan Roberts who works UL. He teaches administration, used to be a school board attorney and he's very well respected."

Some board members do not believe a mediator is necessary at all. "I understand what the notion is, that we all need to work together, we're still accomplishing things for the school system and I don't need a mediator to tell me that I need to let go of something, when all I care about is the kids and yet still focus on that, and not have the issues that we are currently having" board member Dr. Tehmi Chassion tells News Ten.

Dr. Chassion says that the current issues have been discussed behind closed doors and in public meetings and ultimately there's only one solution.

"The best solution is for him to just stop. Stop threatening, stop bullying, stop being condescending at the board meetings, stop trying to threaten and intimidate board members. He can accomplish his goal of turning us into an A school district without all the semantics, and when that basically stops, then maybe we'll finally get along" says Chassion.

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