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Las Vegas, NM names ex-Connecticut educator as schools chief

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Kelt Cooper during a 2013 school employee rally in New Britain. (WFSB file photo) Kelt Cooper during a 2013 school employee rally in New Britain. (WFSB file photo)
LAS VEGAS, NM (AP) -

Las Vegas City Schools has named a former school chief in Connecticut as superintendent.

The Las Vegas Optic reports (http://goo.gl/M5oeZ3) 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.

Information from: Las Vegas Optic, http://www.lasvegasoptic.com

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