Former superintendent Pat Cooper’s challenge of his November firing heads to trial Sept. 15.
Cooper filed a wrongful termination claim against the Lafayette Parish School Board shortly after the then-board voted 7-2 to fire him over some of his management decisions.
Cooper claims he was fired without cause and the board’s decision was political and done for “reasons of vindictiveness.”
The board’s decision came after a two-day hearing at which Cooper had an opportunity to defend himself against allegations that he broke with board policy and state law related to management and budgetary decisions.
Last week, Cooper’s attorney requested that the court set a trial date. There had been no other filings in the case since February, when the board’s attorney filed an answer into the court record to deny Cooper’s claims against the board.
The case has been assigned to 15th Judicial District Court Judge Patrick Michot.
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