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Cooper ISD unveils new website, more new hires

Cooper ISD's new and improved website
Cindy Roller
Cooper Review

Cooper Independent School District hasn’t taken much of a summer break. In fact the District and its staff has been giving, not only the campuses, but the school’s website some facelifts.

Cooper ISD Technology Director Charles Rutledge has added a larger photo slideshow on the school’s site’s front page along with tabs to the various departments and links easy to access at the top. He has even placed a handy “countdown to the first day of school” clock just below the calendar. The first day will be Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. The upcoming calendar for the year is also posted on the homepage at www.cooperisd.net.

There is also a new phone system accompanied with the 903.395.2111 line in which some of the extensions are changed.

The District has also announced the hiring of new staff members. Amber Norris was brought on to be the new instructional specialist, as previously reported, from Sulphur Springs ISD.  Cooper High School Principal Keith Cook said Coach Daniel Nichols will be moving to Austin with his new wife, and Coach Justin Collard, who will begin his coaching career, will be assuming the position as well as teaching World History.

Principal Cook also reported Sam Bettes has selected to reduce his role to just half a day, allowing for Jeri Pickering, Welton’s wife to assist in teaching the animal science while Welton will continue to teach the upper level agriculture classes.

Others are: Alan Trayler for AEP teacher, Katie Bassham (returning employee) for 8th grade English and Jennifer Matlock, who will be teaching fourth grade in the Cooper Elementary

Cooper ISD Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger proudly displayed the “confidential roster of names of those students who didn’t pass STARR test.” There were no names listed.

“We are so happy with the 100 percent passing rate,” said Cooper ISD Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger. The Trustees reviewed the endorsements as stated in the story on the front page of this edition.

Principal Cook and Norris have been coming up with new ways to provide student endorsements in each and every one of the fived state offered areas, explained Cooper ISD Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger.

“That’s really rare for a school of our size, I’m so excited for our students,” said CISD Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger. The Endorsement and Focus Areas offered this year will include: business and industry (animal science, welding, business management and administration, finance accounting), arts and humanities (foreign language – Spanish, theatre arts, music instrument, social studies), public service (health science), multidisciplinary (academic and AP/dual credit) and STEM (math and science).

The Board of Trustees agreed to host the annual fish fry on Thursday, Oct. 1 (the bye week for football).

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