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2 Longview ISD principals reassigned to high school

By Meredith Shamburger
Jan. 11, 2018 at 11:53 p.m.
Updated Jan. 12, 2018 at 8:57 a.m.

former South Ward Elementary School Principal Rebeca Cooper, left, and former Ware Elementary School Principal Sarah Sheppard (News-Journal file photos)

Two Longview ISD campus principals have been reassigned to Longview High School.

It was not immediately clear what roles former South Ward Elementary School Principal Rebeca Cooper and former Ware Elementary School Principal Sarah Sheppard will have at the high school.

Longview ISD spokeswoman Elizabeth Ross said this week that she did not have information about their new positions.

Ross said no other principal changes have been made in the district, and neither Cooper nor Sheppard have been replaced at their former campuses.

"We do have teams in place at Ware and South Ward that are working with teachers and staff on the day-to-day operations to make sure everything is running seamlessly in the interim," Ross said.

She did not respond to a question about why Cooper and Sheppard were moved.

Calls this week to Jody Clements, assistant superintendent of human resources/community relations, were not returned.

The News-Journal has filed Freedom of Information Act requests seeking information about the job performance and reassignment to the high school of Cooper and Sheppard.

Both are longtime administrators in Longview ISD.

Sheppard has been principal at Ware as well as Johnston-McQueen Elementary School and the former Mozelle Johnston Elementary School.

Cooper took over leading the South Ward Elementary campus in 2016 when former Principal Carl Briley retired. Cooper returned to the district from a stint as assistant superintendent at Marshall ISD.

In her original tenure at Longview ISD, she was director of research, planning and accountability and was an assistant superintendent.

Her work in the district over the years has included starting literacy programs for Latino parents and programs aimed at helping English as a second language and bilingual teachers.



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