Lake Worth school board to seek new superintendent

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The Lake Worth school board will soon begin searching for a superintendent after approving a voluntary separation agreement with current leader Janice Cooper.

"Lake Worth has appreciated Janice Cooper serving for 18 years in the district," board President Armando Velasquez said. "That is a long time, but the board is excited about what the transition will bring to the district in terms of establishing a new vision and focusing on an urgent need to adapt to the changing needs of our students."

Rick Hill, Cooper's attorney, said details of the agreement, which the board approved 7-0 Monday, are confidential. He added that Cooper is on paid leave until the end of the month, when she will officially step down.

Trustees have been unhappy with the district's low test scores and Cooper's performance.

The district has an acceptable rating from the state, but Lake Worth High School is rated unacceptable.

Cooper had worked in the district for 18 years, 14 as superintendent.

Velasquez said trustees will likely meet Monday to discuss appointing an interim superintendent.

Cooper could not be reached for comment Wednesday but has told the Star-Telegram that "some of the board members and I have a very different vision for the district."

Cooper is paid $150,000 a year, with a $500 monthly car allowance, according to her contract.

Elizabeth Campbell,


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