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Pat and Jo Ellen Henderson Set to Retire After Combined 28 Years of Service to Lubbock-Cooper ISD [AUDIO]

Today, on Lubbock’s First News on KFYO, married couple Pat and Jo Ellen Henderson discussed their retirement from Administration with Lubbock-Cooper Independent School district.

Pat Henderson has served as Superintendent of Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District for 19 years, a record for LCISD. Over these 19 years, the district has grown to encompass nearly 5,000 students in a “safe and orderly environment” that, while growing, still maintains a small school atmosphere. Pat’s wife Jo Ellen is also retiring from her position as Public Information Officer, a job she has had for over 9 years, not including her 3 years as a high school teacher. Jo Ellen described her time with Cooper as a “great ride,” but looks forward to investing more time in her family.

“We are definitely ready. It’s been a great ride, and like you said, we’ve experienced so many wonderful things at Lubbock Cooper, and we’ve managed to maintain the family atmosphere and we certainly will miss all of that, but we have grandchildren here, there and yonder and so we’re ready to get into that chapter of our life where we can spend more time with our children and our grandchildren so we’re looking forward to that part” Jo Ellen stated.

Sadie Shaw is set to pick up where Jo Ellen left off, but it is unclear right now who will fill Pat Henderson’s shoes. The position will be posted today, and the board will set out to decide who fills the position before next school year.

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To listen from a mobile device, click here: Pat Henderson on Lubbock’s First News June 3, 2014

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