A new man is at the helm of Henderson High School after the former principal resigned earlier this month.
Henderson High School Assistant Principal Terry Everitt was named interim principal and started Monday, the same day district officials notified staff members of Richard Cooper’s resignation, said Stacey Sullivan, director of human resources/communications. Cooper’s resignation is effective Aug.1.
“School goes on in the summer. Even though students are not here, we have to get ready…” Ms. Sullivan said. “We will continue to get ready for the 2012-2013 school year and look forward to a great year at Henderson High School.”
Attempts to reach Cooper and Everitt for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful.
Cooper was named principal last year as he was about to begin his 16th year in education. He taught for nine years and then served as assistant principal at Jacksonville Middle School for two years. He was principal of Henderson Middle School before coming to the high school.
“There’s not a doubt in my mind with this great group of students and teachers that we’re going to be successful. It’s going to take a lot of hard work and a lot of dedication,” he said last summer.
“Henderson High School is a great place. They’ve got a lot of great things going on (and are) headed in the right direction.”
Ms. Sullivan said Cooper resigned for personal reasons, and his resignation was “totally separate” from a recent ruling from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.
The school district must undertake 13 separate action items to ensure compliance with Title IX after federal officials said it failed to properly investigate a high school senior’s allegation that the female student had been raped on campus in 2010.
The Office for Civil Rights, which received a complaint from the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Texas, also said Henderson ISD punished the student improperly by placing her in a disciplinary program with the student she alleged attacked her.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.