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Cooper ISD is fortunate to have volunteers for the Guardian Plan as a layer of protection for school.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Cooper Independent School District will be making some dramatic safety changes when the bell rings on the first day of school this Fall. Cooper ISD Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger will be sending out a notice to parents and community on how the safety and well-being of the students and staff is of “utmost importance” to their school district.

With this being stated, the District will be participating in the “Guardian Plan” which allows for the arming of select staff member (s) on school grounds as one layer of protection.

Melissa Johnson will be officially welcomed at a reception on Tuesday, June 19 from 5-7 p.m. at the elementary.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Cooper Independent School District recently announced the candidate selected to replace Lynn Byrd as the Cooper Elementary Principal. Mrs. Byrd retired at the end of this year.

“I’m pleased to announce we have found an inspirational candidate for our elementary principal position: Mrs. Melissa Johnson,” said Cooper ISD Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger. “Melissa is an enthusiastic and passionate leader with a servant’s heart. She is dedicated to guiding teachers and students to succeed while inspiring an insatiable passion for learning in both.”

There will be seven candidates running for two Cooper Independent School District Board of Trustees seats for upcoming election in May.

Early voting begins on April 23 through May 1 with Election Day on May 5.

New AD/Head Bulldog Football Coach Rod Castorena was recently welcomed by staff, students, and community.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Cooper Independent School District officially welcomed Coach Rod Castorena to the Bulldog family following the special called Board of Trustees meeting. He was provided a “meet and greet” reception on last Monday evening at the Cooper High School library.

Cooper ISD Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger said they reviewed almost 200 applications.

Cooper ISD Trustees Jeff Phifer, Mandy Freeman, Kregg Slakey, Blake Randle, Thomas Darden, and Lea Waller were given gift baskets for School Board Appreciation.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

In the January meeting, the Cooper Independent School District Board of Trustees was gifted with appreciation in honor of School Board Appreciation Month.

“Thank you for the gifts,” said Cooper ISD Board President Thomas Darden. “Everything you do makes our job easier.” The Cooper Elementary campus used a “sewing to success” theme for their gift of appreciation.

Hannah Foster and Lane Blakley were honored by CISD Trustees for the Lonestar Leadership Academy.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Cooper Independent School District Board of Trustees recently honored Lane Blakley and Hannah Foster for their achievement in the Lonestar Leadership Academy. Cooper Junior High Principal Julie Silman was very proud to honor the duo and sees continued excellence in their future.

Sam Bettes given Honorary Lifetime Membership by Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association President Shane Crafton.
VATAT

Retired Cooper Independent School District agricultural instructor Sam Bettes was honored by his peers of the Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association (VATAT).

Congressman John Ratcliffe presented the Delta County Sheriff's Office with the flag of the United States of America has been flown over the Capitol as a token of appreciation for their work and service.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

Congressman John Ratcliffe made a special visit to Cooper, Texas on Monday to honor the Delta County Sheriff’s Office, expressing his appreciation for the work the local law enforcement does for the community and giving his support to the officers for putting their own lives at risk each day to protect citizens.

Cooper High School Librarian Lisa Chambliss shows the Trustees Blake Randle, Mandy Freeman, Kregg Slakey and Board President Thomas Darden the 3D printer creations.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Cooper Independent School District Board of Trustees recently met for a regular meeting.

Librarian Lisa Chambliss gave a demonstration of the Go Center and Maker Space areas with a tour. They presented a student created video. The center has a college readiness room and 3D printer. 

Head Start Director Janet Walker and Cooper Elementary Principal Lynn Byrd display a "Champions For Kids" banner with the photos of the Cooper ISD School Board of Trustees as Dallas Cowboys football players in honor of School Board Appreciation Month.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Cooper Independent School District Board of Trustees were honored at the January regular meeting for School Board Appreciation Month with gift baskets filled with homemade goodies along with a Cowboys-themed banner depicting each Board member.

Cooper Elementary Principal Lynn Byrd, Junior High Principal Julie Silman and High School Principal Richard Roan were all honored at Monday night's Cooper ISD Board of Trustees meeting for Principal Appreciation Month.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Elementary, Junior High and High School Principals at Cooper Independent School District were given appreciation at Monday night’s regular Board meeting. Lynn Byrd, Julie Silman and Richard Roan were presented certificates by Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger and Board of Trustees President Thomas Darden as well as framed art as a gift.

“We have three awesome principals!” said Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger. “We appreciate your hard work, how you care about the students and do what is best for our kids. You are doing a fantastic job.” Darden agreed with Hohenberger in celebration of Principal Appreciation Month.

During the Superintendent’s Report, Hohenberger reported that enrollment is holding steady in the 820 range.

The Cooper ISD recently received a 1921 scrapbook kept by a Cooper High School student, Faye Kenyon.  The book was discovered in a box of other items by a man in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was returned to Cooper.  Cooper ISD superintendent Denicia Hohenberger and Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller discuss the historic book on the "Blacklands Cafe."

Jeri Pickering
Delta County Sheriff's Office

Jeri Pickering, a former agricultural science teacher at Cooper High School, was arrested on May 18 on a charge of improper relationship between an educator and student. Pickering was booked into the Delta County Jail and released on a $20,000 bond later that day.

Cooper ISD

The Cooper Independent School District Board of Trustees renewed all teachers’ contracts in last week’s meeting.

“We are thankful for a terrific faculty that keeps the focus on the learning needs of our students,” said Cooper ISD Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger, very excitedly.

The Cooper ISD Board of Trustees approved the hybrid 2016-17 upcoming school calendar.
Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Cooper ISD Board of Trustees recently renewed the principal and administration contracts during a regular meeting while also approving the “hybrid” calendar for the 2016-17 school year. Cooper ISD Superintendent Denicia Hohenberger said they did a direct email to parents for input and few responses were received but of those most were favorable. She said the staff “overwhelmingly preferred” this calendar as it makes the “best use of new minute requirements.” It was passed unanimously by the Board and is believed it corresponds with Texas A&M University-Commerce’s proposed schedule.

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