After a majority vote, the Kilgore Independent School District
board of trustees named Cara Cooke
as the sole finalist for KISD's
Cooke graduated from Neches High School in 1982 then earned her bachelor's in education from University of Texas Tyler in 1987 and her master's from Stephen F. Austin State University in 2002.
Cooke has worked in education for 25 years, and began her career as Palestine ISD before becoming the Neches ISD elementary principal.
Cooke next moved to Industrial ISD, where she worked as the assistant superintendent for five years.
assisted Industrial ISD
with various projects and initiatives to increase the district's academic scores.
In 2009 and 2010, Industrial ISD
received the Exemplary District accolade.
After Industrial ISD
, Cooke's next stop was West Oso ISD in Corpus Christi, again as an assistant superintendent.
"I've been an assistant superintendent for six years," Cooke
has been married for 30 years to her
husband Richard and is the mother of two 25 year-old twins, Chad and Ashley.
KISD's board of trustees voted to name Cooke
the sole finalist Monday evening after meeting in executive session during their regularly scheduled, monthly board meeting.
Cooke was approved with only trustee Reggie Henson voting no, against.
is the sole candidate remaining.
State law requires that the school board make the finalist for the position known to the public 21 days before another vote is called to approve placing the finalist in the position.
will enter KISD
at a crucial point in the district.
Two schools are to finish construction over the summer and open for the next school year after school supplies are moved in. During her time as a teacher at Palestine ISD, Cooke took part in a campus-wide move to a new elementary.
"That's a big undertaking," Cooke
Again this could have been handled along time ago with a man that has worked for our schools for many years and is just as qualified as Ms.Cooke.
I do not know Ms. Cooke and am sure she is an outstanding person and educator.
I will support her
in everyway, this current school board....not so much