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By Drew Lawson
The Times 

Cooper announces retirement

Reardan Elementary principal to step away after school year


Last updated 12/23/2020 at 1:17pm

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Reardan Elementary School principal Dwight Cooper poses with a boa snake during a family night program in Reardan. Cooper informed the school board he will be retiring at the end of the school year.

REARDAN – Elementary school principal Dwight Cooper gave the board his letter of retirement at the board's Dec. 16 meeting. Cooper's retirement will take effect June 30, 2021, completing a 25-year career in Reardan and a 47-year career in education.

Cooper arrived at the school in 1996. He took a tour of the school, where he quipped that he walked by the freezer in the break room to a horrid smell.

"It smelled like rats or something," Cooper said. "Turns out, all the frozen stuff had thawed."

Cooper's retirement letter noted that in his first year, a bad ice storm hit.

"Since then, I'v...

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