Provided by LCISD
Lubbock-Cooper ISD Superintendent Pat Henderson announced his retirement today during the Lubbock-Cooper Employee Appreciation Ceremony held in the LCISD Performing Arts Center.
Henderson has been employed with Lubbock-Cooper for 22 years, first as high school principal, then as superintendent for the past 19 years, making him the longest-serving superintendent in LCISD history.
During his tenure, Henderson was named Region XVII Superintendent of the Year in 1999 and 2002. He was also a Superintendent of the Year State Finalist in 2002.
As superintendent, he helped develop the "Pirate culture," creating the district's vision statement, "building the future one student at a time."
He also led the district through four successful bond elections totaling $178 million, the most recent one in May 2014.
Under Henderson's guidance the district has experienced tremendous growth, tripling in size during his leadership. In 1995, the student enrollment was 1,614. The current student population is 4,947.
The school district's state accountability ratings have consistently been among the highest in the region, making it one of the most academically successful school districts in the area.
The search for a new superintendent will begin immediately.