- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A state district judge has upheld the November 2014 termination of Pat Cooper as the Lafayette Parish superintendent.

In his ruling, Judge Patrick Michot said Tuesday the school board was within its rights to fire him based on the way he paid some principals.

As superintendent, Cooper had put five principals on a 244-day working schedule - more than what is usually given to Lafayette Parish principals, and thereby increasing their annual pay. Cooper’s attorney, Lane Roy, argued that Cooper made the adjustment in accordance with the district’s daily rate of pay.

The Advertiser reports (https://www.theadvertiser.com/story/news/local/education/2015/09/22/judge-lafayette-school-board-made-errors-in-pat-cooper-firing/72621502/) Shelton Dennis Blunt, the board’s attorney, said that state law gives the board the responsibility for establishing salaries for school employees.

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

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