- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A district judge will hear Superintendent Pat Cooper’s lawsuit against three Lafayette Parish School Board members on Thursday.

Meantime, the school board’s disciplinary hearing for Cooper, scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed.

Cooper said in an email to The Advertiser (http://bit.ly/1w4e4qk) Judge Durwood Conque will hear his case. Cooper filed suit on Monday amid disputes about the district’s 2014-15 budget. He is also seeking to disqualify board members Hunter Beasley, Mark Babineaux and Tehmi Chassion from voting in any termination proceedings because of their alleged bias.

Beasley, the board president, confirmed that the disciplinary hearing will not take place before the case goes to court.

If Conque allows the disciplinary hearing to move forward, Beasley said he would expect it to take place within the next two weeks.

The disciplinary hearing was scheduled after the board accepted five charges resulting from a three-month investigation into Cooper. The charges relate to alleged violations of board policy and/or state law on Cooper’s part in certain personnel and budgetary decisions, as well as a negative evaluation he received from a majority of the board this summer.

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Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com

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