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Cook accepts administrative role

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, April 14, 2018
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After three years of leading Rann Elementary, Kaci Cook will move to Decatur ISD’s central administration office next school year.

The Rann principal has been named the district’s academic dean. She’ll work with counselors and administrators to review and expand course offerings.

“It’s a new position with an intent focus on all the opportunities we offer kids,” said Decatur ISD Superintendent Judi Whitis. “(Cook) has a secondary background as a math teacher and coach. She’s a proven leader. We’re very excited to have her skills in this role. It’ll be a great benefit to the district.”

Cook is in her fifth year at Decatur. Before taking the principal job at Rann, she served as an academic coach in the district.

“I’m excited about the opportunity. Decatur is growing, and we need to be competitive in all areas,” Cook said. “We want to give our students all the opportunities we can.”

Cook added the district will be looking at career and technical opportunities, along with preparation for students on the traditional college route.

“It’s not just about the college-ready kids,” Cook said. “Some we can help jumpstart their careers. Some we can get ready for jobs they will use to pay their way through college.”

In her time at Rann, she’s worked to implement the dual language immersion program for kindergarten through fourth-grade classes. The program combines native English speakers and native Spanish speakers, and instruction is provided in both languages.

Cook admitted leaving the campus is bittersweet.

“The sad part is I have plans for two years from now. It’s sad to leave Rann, where I have a lot of great relationships and an exceptional staff,” Cook said. “There’s a lot of things unfinished. But there’s an exciting part to pass those things over to the new principal. The campus will continue to soar.”

Roby Nunn, who has spent the past eight years as an assistant principal in Keller ISD, has been named the new principal at Rann. He will start July 1.

“He’s an impressive leader,” Whitis said.

The superintendent said Nunn also has experience with a bilingual program.

Whitis plans to recommend a high school principal and director of education to the school board Monday.

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