- Associated Press - Thursday, March 20, 2014

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - The Lafayette Parish School Board has officially named a private law firm as its interim legal counsel.

The Advertiser reports (https://bit.ly/1gdUxQn ) the board voted 6-3 Wednesday to award the temporary contract to Hammonds, Sills, Adkins and Guice.

The board previously voted to discontinue using the district attorney’s office.

Superintendent Pat Cooper said several times at the meeting that he will sign the contract for the firm, despite his concerns that the board has possibly violated state law and its own policies during the entire process.

“The only thing here is I’ve got a piece of the state law that says I have to make sure state law is followed,” Cooper said. “I have some reservations about that … If you want me to sign it, I’ll sign it.”

The board did not take any action on formally addressing Cooper’s concerns. However, the superintendent said he felt he had made his issues known and that they had been entered into the public record.

“You’ve seen all my objections,” Cooper said.

At one point, the board discussed adding an item specifically instructing the superintendent to sign the contract. Board member Tehmi Chassion said that was unnecessary because the superintendent is already obligated to sign such documents.

The board’s Wednesday vote means that both Cooper and Lafayette Parish School Board President Hunter Beasley will sign the contract, as is standard in such situations.


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

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