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.