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Mrs. Cara Cooke

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Phone: (903) ***-****  HQ Phone
Kilgore Independent School District
301 N. Kilgore Street
Kilgore , Texas 75662
United States

Company Description: Kilgore Independent School District strives to provide our employees with the highest quality of benefits with the most competitive and affordable rates. In the...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Neches High School
  • master
    Stephen F. Austin State University
  • bachelor , education
    University of Texas Tyler
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"One of the big pieces we're ..., 21 Feb 2015 [cached]
"One of the big pieces we're looking at is our Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program offerings that we have for our students here at Kilgore High School," KISD Superintendent Cara Cooke told the board members Thursday. "We've been looking at this ever since I came here."
When the KISD Board of Trustees first interviewed Cooke for the position as superintendent, Cooke said, one of the major questions was how to improve CTE.
"I know that that's where their heart is," she said.
In the interest of safety, Cooke still anticipates closing the KHS campus during the 2015-2016 school year. Although this is the plan, she said, she is not sure "how it will look."
After discussing the future of the high school curriculum, Cooke said, the school plans to offer courses in STEM, media, construction, manufacturing, child development, health science, business and theater arts.
Construction will be a new course consisting of current offerings - drafting and woodshop - to allow students to take a project from the beginning to finished result. Manufacturing will become the new name for welding to allow the course to become a pathway for students. To bring the former home economics to the 21st century, Cooke said, the course will be designated as child development with a large classroom with one kitchenette. The course would become a pathway for those wanting to go into education or childcare.
Although nothing will change about the name of health science, Cooke said, she and the CTE Director Jenny Baggett hope to offer more labs to help students learn what interests them before graduating high school.
The goal is to have some courses or programs beginning the phase-in process during the 2015-2016 school year.
"We don't want another student to miss out on any opportunities," Cooke said.
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After a majority vote, the Kilgore ..., 26 Feb 2013 [cached]
After a majority vote, the Kilgore Independent School District board of trustees named Cara Cooke as the sole finalist for KISD's superintendent position.
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. Cooke 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 said.
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.
Now, Cooke 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.
Cooke 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 said.
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 reply
Cara ..., 11 Aug 2014 [cached]
Cara Cooke
301 N Kilgore St
Kilgore, TX 75662
903-988-3900 Office
In recap, Kilgore ISD Superintendent ..., 4 Mar 2015 [cached]
In recap, Kilgore ISD Superintendent Cara Cooke summarized the studies' findings - not enough handicap parking spaces, ramps with the incorrect slope or size and wheelchair seats not accompanied by a regular seat. In addition to those areas, Cooke said, the restrooms, locker rooms, water fountains and concession stands are not fully ADA compliant.
The federal government recommends 20 percent of a construction project's total funds go toward taking down ADA compliance boundaries, Cooke explained.
"If we have a plan in place and we're showing that we understand the issues that we have and we are working toward removing those barriers as quickly as possible that, you know, you really shouldn't have any issues," Cooke said, addressing both boards.
In response to KC trustee Scott Andrews' question, Cooke said, she did not know of any timeline in which to address the issues, as long as the two groups show they are taking steps to remove barriers.
"Our big concern when we started looking at this was we want to take care of our fans and our community," Cooke said.
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