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Welcome Eric Cooper - CHS Principal

Posted Date: 05/11/2021

Welcome Eric Cooper - CHS Principal

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Eric Cooper Named High School Principal at Clearwater

Clearwater USD 264 is excited to announce that Eric Cooper has been selected as the high school principal. Cooper replaces Bob Mellen who is resigning as interim principal at the end of this school year. 

After completing his State of Kansas PK-12 Building Leadership Certification and Master of Science in Educational Administration from Fort Hays State University, Eric Cooper has spent the past two years as assistant principal at Winfield High School. 

From Chris Cooper, Superintendent of Clearwater, “We had other highly qualified applicants, but what stood out to us about Eric is his passion for building relationships with students and staff. He believes in and cares about our district. He is excited to be a Clearwater Indian again.” 

Eric Cooper has worked hard and grown a lot as a leader in the past two years at Winfield High School. Prior to Winfield, he was the 7th grade math teacher at Clearwater Middle School for 13 years. He has also served on various leadership teams, coached multiple sports teams and advised student activities. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree, and participating as a multi-sport athlete, at Fort Hays State University, he began his teaching career at Deerfield School.

“He is the best fit for the characteristics outlined by the students in the focus group. He is all-in for Clearwater and focused on building positive relationships,” said Chris Cooper. 

Eric Cooper, his wife, daughter and son currently live in Derby. He remarked, “As a leader, I strive to help develop a culture that is willing to do what is best for our students and be accepting of growth and change. I will help sustain and develop a positive climate in the building that is built around relationships, trust, respect and professionalism.” 

”My family and I are excited about the opportunity to be a part of the Clearwater school district again and see some familiar faces. I am looking forward to being a part of all the amazing happenings at the high school and being part of a great community, Eric Cooper said.

We are #ClearwaterProud to have Eric Cooper back in our district.