State Officials Are Among Witnesses In Pat Cooper’s Trial
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Three state officials are on the witness list of former Lafayette Parish Superintendent Pat Cooper, who sued after his firing in 2014.
Cooper's wrongful termination lawsuit against the Lafayette Parish School Board is slated to go to trial on Sept. 21 before District Judge Patrick Michot, barring a settlement.
The Advertiser reports Cooper's witness list includes State Education Superintendent John White, State Sen. Elbert Guillory and State Rep. Steve Carter, according to court documents filed by Cooper's attorney, Lane Roy.
The board fired Cooper in November 2014 following months of strife over personnel and budget issues. A board-ordered investigation found that Cooper violated board policy and state law in many decisions.
Cooper sued shortly after.
The board appointed Donald Aguillard as the new superintendent in May.
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