Las Vegas names ex-Connecticut educator as schools chief

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LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) – Las Vegas City Schools has named a former school chief in Connecticut as superintendent.

The Las Vegas Optic reports the board approved Saturday a two-year contract with Kelt Cooper to lead the northern New Mexico school district.

Cooper served as superintendent in New Britain, Connecticut, from 2012 until January following a tense relationship with that district’s school board.

The board decided last year not to renew his contract past June of 2016 but Cooper opted to leave earlier.

Cooper cited increased graduation rates at New Britain High School and moving the 10,000-student school system to a sound financial footing as two of his biggest accomplishments.

He was recruited to Connecticut from Del Rio, Texas. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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