Arnett Cooper of Heights Named Exemplary School Board Member – Hamilton County Reporter


Arnett Cooper, vice chair of the Hamilton Heights School Board of Trustees, was among active school board members recently named to the Indiana State Board Association’s (ISBA) Exemplary Honor Roll.

Cooper achieved Level 4 Exemplary Distinction by accumulating at least 225 points in the ISBA’s Governance Awards Program (EGA). The awards are based on the many professional development opportunities provided by the ISBA each year to help keep members informed and educated on board best practices, legislative changes, legal updates and policies that must be taken into account.

Cooper achieved this remarkable recognition by demonstrating an exceptional commitment to student achievement, educational leadership, and good governance by engaging in regular and ongoing professional learning and continuous development, ultimately achieving the highest level of this program.

Cooper, a United States Air Force veteran, has served on the Hamilton Heights School Board in various leadership roles, representing White River and Jackson Townships since July 2010. He is a toolmaker at retired, working for Chrysler Corporation in Kokomo for more than 40 years. years. He also earned an Associate’s degree from Highland Park Community College in Industrial Technology. He is a lifelong resident of northern Hamilton County.

Cooper and his wife Vicki both graduated from Jackson Central High School in 1963 and are active in the community.

“His unwavering commitment, knowledge and exceptional leadership have brought great benefits to Hamilton Heights,” said Superintendent Dr. Derek Arrowood. “He is a deeply dedicated role model serving the diverse and complex work on the Board. We are fortunate to have Arnie working every day to shape a better future for Heights. Congratulations on a job well done!”

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