Lawrence Virtual School principal resigns; interim assistant principal selected for West Middle School

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Susan Cooper, principal of Lawrence Virtual School, has stepped down to take a position with another district, according to a Thursday news release from Lawrence Public Schools.

In addition, Lysette DeBoard has been named interim assistant principal and athletic director for West Middle School.

Cooper, who has led LVS for two years, has taken a position in the Topeka school district, according to the release.

“The virtual school community is unique in our capacity to serve students statewide,” Cooper said in the release. “I appreciate the work of our educators to ensure that our scholars are exposed to a high-quality learning environment and families are engaged in student success. I am honored, and proud, to be a part of LVS and USD 497.”

The district will immediately begin a search for a new LVS principal.

Interim WMS Principal Therese Edgecomb selected DeBoard, district curriculum and instructional coach, for the interim AP/AD role, which Edgecomb held previously.

DeBoard taught music for 14 years in Lawrence elementary schools and become a curriculum and instructional coach in 2020. She earned this season’s Lied Center of Kansas’ Impact Award for arts education, according to the release.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to become part of West Middle School,” DeBoard said in the release. “West is a vibrant  community of creative performers, talented learners, and supportive staff and families. I look  forward to partnering with Principal Edgecomb to ensure that the students, staff, and families of  West have a school year filled with quality instruction and fun.”

The position changes are pending school board approval.

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