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New Administrator to Lead Cooper Elementary

The Board was recognized by the staff and students with many gifts like this banner created by Cooper Elementary.
Cindy Roller
Cooper Review

It was announced during last Thursday’s meeting of Cooper Independent School District’s Trustees that Cooper Elementary Principal Dr. Cathy Severns will be retiring soon, and in March current assistant principal Lynn Byrd will assume the position.

“Mrs. Byrd has a heart for kids and a passion for student learning. She will be an excellent campus leader! We are looking forward to more great things from our elementary campus,” said Cooper ISD Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger.

The Trustees were surprised by staff and students recognizing School Board appreciation month. High School Students constructed metal stands with horseshoes as gifts created in class under instruction of Mr. Welton Pickering. The Junior Students presented them with gift baskets, and the Elementary Students gave candles and a homemade banner.

“We are truly humbled. We appreciate it all,” said Board President Thomas Darden.

The public was able to look at the lengthy performance review while in a public hearing meeting as the slideshows created by the campuses were played. Cooper ISD was given a “Superior Achievement” in the FIRST Rating. The District met standard in Accountability Rating and was given accredited status.

“This is a good snapshot letting us know we are on track,” said Board President Darden, during the Budget Review.

Director of School Operations Doug Wicks reviewed the progress of capital projects.

“The flooring shouldn’t take long. We will do one room at a time in the fieldhouse,” said Doug Wicks. He noted the retrofitting of lighting is still in progress with an incentive from Oncor.

Technology Director Charles Rutledge recommended InTouch by CumbyTel for internet services when the current agreement with Region 8 expires on June 30, 2016. The Board unanimously accepted his recommendation. They also opted to replace switches on all the campuses.  

The next regular Board of Trustees meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 15, 2016 at 6 p.m.

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