LAFAYETTE, Louisiana — The Lafayette Parish School Board will soon start a search for a new board attorney
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/18puYqN) the board voted 6-3 Wednesday to dismiss the District Attorney's Office as its general counsel.
The proposal for dismissal stemmed from Assistant District Attorney Roger Hamilton's sending a letter to the Attorney General's Office stating that there were no grounds for the board's request to hire special counsel to investigate Superintendent Pat Cooper. Requests to hire special counsel must be approved by the Attorney General's Office.
A proposal to hire the board's special counsel, Hammonds, Sills, Adkins & Guice, as its interim general counsel until a permanent replacement is hired won't be considered until the board's Dec. 4 meeting.
For about 15 years, the district has used the free general counsel services from the District Attorney's Office. State law requires district attorneys to offer general counsel services to school boards, but boards are not required to use the services.
In July, the board approved a resolution to hire special counsel to investigate Cooper. Some board members have said the request was related to the March 2012 hiring of an employee who did not have the minimum high school education.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com