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Leadership Lite

The Prom Date Follow-up

Thirty-four years after Kelt Cooper purchased an engagement necklace and attended the senior prom at Las Cruces High School in New Mexico with Elizabeth Bussey as his date, the two agreed to marry. Their long-delayed wedding story was recounted earlier this year in The New Britain Herald.

Cooper, superintendent in New Britain, Conn., related how Bussey’s father, a faculty member at New Mexico State University, put an end to the relationship back then. “If you want to impress your future father-in-law, you might want to go to class every now and then,” Cooper recounts.

The pair reconnected through e-mail a few years ago following divorces. The conversations moved to texting and then “she suggested chatting on Facebook,” Cooper says. “I had to learn how to do that.”

The two met in person last October. At midnight, Cooper gave her an engagement ring. Five months later, Bussey, a nurse, and Cooper, a lifelong educator, were wed.

Legendary Predecessor

With Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman from Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow now the stars of a TV series, Dave Moscinski has been reminded of a parallel legend once prominent in his community.

He is the district administrator in Stockbridge, Wis., a school district founded in 1875. Legend has it the original administrator in Stockbridge rode his trusty steed to his new office only to have it stolen that very night — thus making him, as Moscinski puts it, the first “horseless headman.”

Advanced Literacy

An elementary school teacher in Cuba City, Wis., was approached by a neighbor of Indian descent, who was concerned his 3rd-grade daughter might be having language problems that would lead to learning issues. The teacher agreed to tutor the student.

At their first meeting, the teacher asked the 3rd grader if she know the word “borough.” The girl responded with a question: “Do you mean the domesticated animal similar to a donkey or the five boroughs of New York City?”

The teacher went to the father and assured him his daughter was doing just fine.

(Source: Sam McGrew, AASA retired member, Champaign, Ill.)


Never Say Goodbye

Imagine working as a superintendent in a school district where the board of education never turns over.

That’s been the case for a long time in Burgin, Ky., where the five board members range in service from 12 to 27 years. And it may help explain why Richard Webb remained as superintendent for 16 years before retiring in June.

Three of the five board members are graduates of the Burgin district, which enrolls 425 students in K-12.

(Source: Kentucky School Advocate)


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