School board members still wanting to go forward with investigation; even though community leaders pleading against it

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Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce wanting cooperation amongst school board members without outside help

Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 3:51pm

The Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce has now joined in the effort to encourage the Lafayette parish school board and it's members to cooperate and come to a mutual understanding.  Some board members are still behind going through with the investigation of superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper.

"It's a question of a pattern that he's created that we find may have crossed the line in many ways.  I think it's a good idea to get an independent eye on the situation," says Mark Babineaux, school board member.

"If they can work together to try to come up with some common understanding that would be a more constructive way to move forward then that would allow them to spend more time and concentration on what will move the turnaround plan forward," says Rob Eddy, chairperson of Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber has received many complaints from members of the community about the board's decision to investigate Dr. Cooper.  Babineaux says he understands there is money set aside that can be used without effecting anything, but no official amount has been set, nor an official allegation into the reason of the investigation.

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