Principal of the Year

It is important to have a principal that encourages the staff to achieve high goals and is steady and calm when making decisions. But even more important is a principal who knows the students. Mr. Cooley is the leader who has moved and still moves our students, staff, and parents to places above where they imagined they could be.

— Melvin Hawkins, Superintendent

Mr. Ernest Cooley has been named the Camden County Schools Principal of the Year for 2012-13.  He was selected by his peers for this honor and is an outstanding candidate to represent the school system in regional and state competition.  Mr. Cooley has been employed by Camden County Schools for five years.  He was the assistant principal at Camden Middle School for three years before he was named principal in 2010.

Mr. Cooley challenged his staff to reach a performance proficiency mark of 90%.  The school showed significant progress by improving their performance composite by nearly 5% to a mark of 89.4%.  Under his leadership, the middle school has met growth goals and has been named a School of Distinction each of his two years.