Last week the Churchill County School District Board of Trustees approved hiring the first Assistant Superintendent for the district, Stacy Griffin-Cooper at an annual salary of $125,000 per year with a full benefit package provided by the district.
Griffin-Cooper comes to Fallon from Washoe County School District where she has been overseeing the district-sponsored charter school, overseeing grant work, and supervising several staff.
Derild Parsons, who will assume his duties as Superintendent for the district on July 1, said Griffin-Cooper has an extensive background and is the right fit. “We've spent a lot of time together over the past two days getting to know each other and the district and I'm confident in her knowledge. She has the skills we are looking for to help support me and go in the direction we need to go.” He said before Nevada she came from a smaller community in Ohio and is looking to move to Fallon. “She will adapt quite well.”
Griffin-Cooper said she is thrilled to be coming to Churchill County. “My intent was to come to Churchill ever since I met your Superintendent (Dr. Summer Stephens) five years ago.” She explained that she had interviewed for the High School Principal position when Tim Spencer was hired, “I didn't get it, but my family purchased land here with the intent to move here, so I've been watching and had the opportunity to engage with your superintendent at the state level and in legislative meetings. The last two days, sitting with your staff and engaging with Mr. Parsons, I told my husband, ‘This is it,' I'm ecstatic to come here and serve this board.”
She said she served as an interim superintendent in Ohio and followed Heath Morrison to Washoe County as a transformative leader. “When Dr. Stephens was promoting student profile language in the state, I knew exactly what she was talking about. Ohio was wrapping their arms around the same concept as Wyoming was during that time.” Stephens came to Fallon from Wyoming.
Griffin-Cooper said she is currently writing her dissertation on Student Driven Learning, and she is excited to be a part of this district and “continue the work you have started.”