- 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

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide