By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal
Commerce Independent School District Superintendent Blake Cooper gave a tearful farewell address to outgoing board members Bob McLeroy and Russel Armstrong during the April 15 CISD board meeting.
McLeroy and Armstrong were given commemorative plaques for their service.
“Five years ago when I came to work here, they were two of the reasons why,” Cooper said. “And I’m going to miss them.”
McLeroy served as board member for more than a decade, first taking office in 2001. Armstrong has spent nine years on the board.
Cooper said he appreciates the many years of service the two have put in, and said he hopes the people who take their place will have the same dedication to students that they have.
“I don’t want to talk too much on this one because I’ll get teary-eyed,” he said.
Armstrong thanked his fellow board members, and added he believes they are the reason why CISD has made improvements.
“It’s been an honor and privilege to serve,” he said. “This current board is wonderful. I am very proud of Commerce ISD.”
With Cooper being instrumental in the school finance issue with the state, McLeroy said it has been a pleasure to work alongside him.
“Blake, it’s been very great to work with you,” he said.
The motion to adjourn from the meeting was moved by McLeroy and seconded by Armstrong.