Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper asking school board to do away with reprimand and pending investigation

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District Attorney's office sends Attorney General a letter stating results from thorough investigation came up clean

Monday, October 28, 2013 - 9:50am

After a thorough investigation by the district attorney's office, assistant DA Roger Hamilton released a letter doing away with the board's decision to reprimand superintendent Dr. Cooper this summer, and their follow-up resolution of that decision to investigate the superintendent.  The DA's office found no laws or policies were broken by Dr. Cooper.  This letter was sent to assistant attorney general Richard McGimsey.   Dr. Cooper says this is a step in the right direction, hoping to build up the community's trust on this issue and help to pass a tax for the turnaround plan this spring.

"I think it's time that we try to work together.  I'm glad to have my name cleared because I think that that's been a real stumbling block for a lot of people, and I know for me after forty-two years never a blemish on my record it was a stumbling block for me.  I think with this letter that's all been cleared and we're ready to start to work together again, and I'm going to ask all nine board members to join me in that effort," says Dr. Pat Cooper, superintendent.

At the next school board meeting Dr. Cooper is requesting three things form the board.  One, to remove the reprimand from his file since the charges there relate to the dismissed charges in the resolution so they also hold no relevance.  The second request is that the board consider not utilizing Hammonds and Sills as the board attorney since we have an able assistant DA who can ask for assistance when needed, and the third is that they reconsider his offer to have a governance workshop and a mediation workshop to work on their relationship.  Cooper is hopeful this accompanying the improving test scores will be important in adding to the momentum of getting this tax passed this spring.

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