Former Lafayette superintendent’s lawyer asks for a trial date in his lawsuit against School Board _lowres

Advocate file photo by BRAD KEMP -- Attorney Lane Roy, left, and then-Lafayette School Superintendent Pat Cooper, center, listen during an employment hearing on Nov. 6, 2014. Attorney Dennis Blunt, who was hired by the Lafayette Parish School Board to investigate Cooper, is on the right.

Former superintendent Pat Cooper’s attorney filed a motion Monday to nudge the ousted educator’s legal challenge of his November termination closer to a day in court.

Cooper’s lawyer Lane Roy filed a motion Monday requesting a trial date for Cooper’s challenge of the School Board’s 7-2 vote to terminate him in November related to personnel and management decisions he made during his tenure.

Cooper filed the legal challenge about two weeks after the board made its decision. In the lawsuit, Cooper claims he was fired without cause and his ouster was political and for “reasons of vindictiveness.”

The board hired Baton Rouge attorney Shelton Dennis Blunt to conduct an investigation of its complaints against Cooper that led to an employment hearing and his eventual termination. Blunt is also representing the board in its defense against Cooper’s challenge and denied the claims that Cooper lodged against the board in an answer he filed in state district court in February. There’s been no movement in the matter since then.

The case has been assigned to 15th Judicial District Judge Patrick Michot.

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