MCS Superintendent Withdraws His Name

MCS Superintendent Withdraws Name from Poudre (CO) Search
Posted on 04/08/2021
Jonathan Cooper Headshot
This evening, Mason City Schools Superintendent Jonathan Cooper announced that he has withdrawn his name to lead the Poudre School District in Ft. Collins, Colorado.

“This was an opportunity that I didn’t seek, but felt like was something I needed to explore if I was to remain true to the very advice I always tell young leaders and my own kids - which is to take risks and be vulnerable. I was very impressed with the people I met in Poudre, and the possibilities that I know can be achieved there. 

Still, there's no place I'd rather be than Mason.

When I think about my True North and aligning my personal and professional values, it became more and more clear that I can best live that authentically in Comet Country. As my wife Michelle and I prayed about this decision and began really soul-searching what was best for our family, we kept coming back to the realization about how deeply we love the Mason community, and how privileged we feel to live and lead here. Mason is truly special. I am consistently energized and inspired by our students and staff. It has been one of the greatest joys of my life to work alongside some of the most talented and dedicated people in the nation to create a vision for Comet Culture, Inclusive Excellence, and Personalized Learning. There is still so much work to be accomplished together, and I am excited about what the next chapter holds.”

Cooper was named superintendent of Mason City Schools in 2017. He previously served as the district’s Chief Innovation Officer.

Charles Galvin
"Mason City Schools has a well-earned reputation for supporting and growing exceptional leaders, so it comes as no surprise to our Board that other districts around the country would recruit our nationally-recognized superintendent.  We have been well-served by Jonathan Cooper’s engaged and relational leadership that empowers a terrific team.  He creates powerful #MasonMoments for staff and students alike, and while the Poudre School District interview process has yet to fully run its course, we expect Jonathan will likely have a tough decision.

Make no mistake: we want what is best for the Cooper family, and believe that’s for them to stay here in Mason.  But our district is more than just one person, and more than just a destination. This year has shown that by prioritizing Mason Quality, we can dictate the course of education throughout the state and country.  Our #commUNITY is unlike any other, and we know that many outstanding candidates would be interested in serving Comet Country should the opportunity arise.  We are always engaged in long-term planning, and as circumstances unfold, we will address our leadership succession accordingly." -- Charles Galvin, School Board President

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