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Hopper named interim principal at Frank Wright

January 02, 2001|By KELLY RAUSCH, Staff Writer

IMPERIAL — A veteran educator was at the helm of Frank Wright Intermediate School today as students and staff return to classes after the winter break.

Donald Hopper, a retired school administrator, accepted the position of interim principal shortly before winter break began, said Imperial Unified School District Superintendent Barbara Layaye.

Hopper replaces John Marshall, Frank Wright's former principal who was removed from his post last month. Marshall was moved to a classroom position at an individualized learning center at Imperial High School after being given a notice of unprofessional conduct.

With over 40 years experience in education, 15 in the Imperial Unified district, Layaye called Hopper a "really good choice."

Hopper has served as a teacher, vice principal, principal and Imperial Unified School District superintendent from 1974-87.

Hopper, who lives in Modesto with his wife, had been substitute teaching in that area when offered the interim principal position.

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"I decided if I was going to do substitute teaching I might as well do it all in one place," Hopper said this morning from his office at Frank Wright.

In his first day on the job, Hopper had already visited every classroom to introduce himself to the students.

"He knows the community," Layaye said.

Layaye cited Hopper's "expertise in student discipline and teacher evaluation" as two of his qualifications for the job.

With direction from the district's Board of Trustees, Layaye offered Hopper the position Dec. 20.

Hopper's tenure as interim principal ends on the last day of classes in June. The district will seek a permanent principal for the 2001-02 school year.

Staff writer Kelly Rausch can be reached at 337-3442.

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