- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A district judge determined the Lafayette Parish School Board made an incorrect interpretation of the law when it found former Superintendent Pat Cooper guilty of one of the charges that led to his November 2014 firing.

At the time, the board determined Cooper violated state law and/or board policy when he used school district funds to pay for the services of a private attorney.

However, Judge Patrick Michot said Monday such services were allowed under Cooper’s contract as superintendent.

The Advertiser reports (https://bit.ly/1Oq9RKa) the ruling marked a win for Cooper on the first day of the trial in his wrongful termination lawsuit against the board.

However, he and his attorney were denied their request to have several state officials testify on Cooper’s behalf.

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

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