Kilgore, TX (Longview News-Journal) — KILGORE — A 25-year educator who got her start in East Texas is slated to lead the Kilgore Bulldogs after school trustees on Monday selected Cara Cooke of Rockport as superintendent finalist.
“This has been the hardest decision I think we can all say that we have made,” Board President Janet Marley said shortly before the board voted 6-1 to name Cooke its lone finalist from among 32 applicants who vied to succeed Jody Clements.
Clements left in August for an assistant superintendency with Longview ISD.
Monday’s decision was not to hire Cooke. School trustees by law must announce a finalist or short list 21 days before hiring a superintendent.
Trustee Reggie Henson declined after the vote to say why he cast the lone dissension on Cooke.
“No comment,” Henson said, declining to elaborate when pressed.
Cooke most recently has been working with the West Oso ISD in Corpus Christi as assistant superintendent. Before that she worked five years as assistant superintendent for Industrial ISD in South Texas, a district named exemplary during 2009 and 2010.
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