The Lafayette Parish School Board turned down a request Wednesday to hear about a federal lawsuit that could be filed against them. It’s the investigation of Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper coupled with a budget yet to be formally adopted that draws concern.
Greg Davis the director of the Cajundome would be filing the lawsuit. Davis’ attorney Gary McGoffin says his client has a vested interest in the parish education system. McGoffin says Davis is a resident of Lafayette Parish and public school graduate.
“There’s no reason we should have this lawsuit. There’s no reason we should be at a point where a lawsuit is the answer to the question,” explains McGoffin. McGoffin says the pending lawsuit names the parish school board and board members Dr. Tehmi Chassion and Mark Babineaux.
McGoffin explains the request is to have Dr. Chassion and Babineaux disqualified as adjudicators in any decision to termination Dr. Cooper. In an earlier interview, McGoffin explained why: “We’re not seeking to disqualify every board member who has voiced opposition to dr. cooper but there are two who have stood out in terms of the biases.”
McGoffin speaking on behalf of Greg Davis says the board is being given two resolutions to avoid court action: terminate the investigation of Dr. Cooper and refrain from attempting to fire him this year.
Second, use 50% of last year’s budget assumptions to start the school year. “We should have a budget so we can open school. We should be able to hire teachers. We should have instructional materials. It doesn’t make sense that we don’t,” says McGoffin.
McGoffin says if he doesn’t hear about a resolution sometime next week his client plans to file the lawsuit.