Darrick Cope - Superintendent, Helix School District

The recipient of the 2016 Doug Flatt Memorial Leadership Award is Darrick Cope, Superintendent of the Helix School District. Darrick began working for Helix in 1994 and taught social studies in the district for 13 years. He has been the Superintendent and Principal for eight years.

Darrick has dedicated his career to making sure the education of students is of the highest excellence. He is constantly striving to provide the highest quality education for his students through effective professional development of teachers, leadership of staff and high expectations for learning.   

He draws on his background as a classroom teacher to be an effective principal and administrator, always keeping the district’s goals and objectives at the forefront of his efforts and decisions. Committed to the hard work it takes to make a small district thrive, Darrick is a strong and determined leader who has ensured that his teachers and staff have the resources and training to administer state standards and testing with exemplary outcomes, including impressive graduation rates.

During two district bond measures, Darrick has done an exemplary job of managing all of the infrastructure and renovations. The updates to buildings have resulted in state-of-the-art, top-notch learning environments that will serve the community’s students for many years to come.

The chair of the Helix School Board describes Darrick as “resolute, determined and adept at handling the inevitable challenges that arise in managing school staffs. He is a strong, dynamic leader who strives for the highest quality, and we as a board definitely appreciate that.”

Darrick earned his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Oregon University and his master’s degree from Boise State University. He completed his initial administrator and continuing administrator licenses from Lewis & Clark College.