Judge: Cooper Fired On Legitimate Charge
District Judge Patrick Michot upheld former Lafayette Parish Schools Superintendent Pat Cooper's termination today.
According to our news partner, KATC, the judge made his decision in the second day of the trial addressing Cooper's wrongful termination lawsuit.
Despite Michot's decision that the school board incorrectly interpreted laws in three out of four charges leading to Cooper's November 2014 termination, he ruled that Cooper acted illegally when he set salaries for five principals that did not follow the salary schedule set by the school board. Michot said that charge alone was enough to warrant Cooper's firing.
Cooper filed the wrongful termination lawsuit in November 2014, claiming his termination was unjust and driven by political motives.