Lafayette parish school board votes 6-3 to drop the DA's office as it's general counsel

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District been using free general counsel from DA's office for about 15 years

Thursday, November 21, 2013 - 5:32pm

Last night the school board voted six to three to drop the District Attorney's office as it's general counsel, something the district has been using as free general counsel for about fifteen years.  The proposal for dismissal stemmed from Assistant DA Roger Hamilton sending a letter to the Attorney General's office stating there were no grounds for the board's request to hire special counsel to investigate Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper.  One of the three against this decision says this vote will ultimately hurt the students in Lafayette parish.

"They really are handcuffing our central office from functioning as a governing body providing a quality education to our students, so this will effect the kids there's no doubt about it," says Mark Cockerham, school board member.

Cockerham says their decision will come in full effect within a year, when comparing the money increase for a new counsel and the ones to feel the hit will be the tax payers.  A proposal to hire the board's special counsel, Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice, as it's interim general counsel until a permanent replacement is hired won't be considered until the board's December 4 meeting.

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