Ballinger ISD Superintendent Addresses Teacher Passing


BALLINGER, TX —  Ballinger ISD Superintendent Caroline Tolivera composed a compassionate letter in a Facebook post on February 17 at 4:00 P.M. to the Ballinger school district and community addressing the unexpected death of Elizabeth Cook, providing a list of services available to teachers and students affected. 

San Angelo LIVE published an article announcing the sudden death of Elizabeth Cook, the wife of San Angelo Criminal Investigations Detective Lt. Kyle Cook on Saturday, February 17, 2024. Mrs. Cook was a part-time Ballinger ISD substitute teacher and an active school committee volunteer with children who attended Ballinger schools for the past twelve years. 

The Cook Family

The Cook Family

(Credit: Help a Hero Page)

Ballinger Independent School District Facebook Post:


"As you may know, we have experienced the tragic loss of one of our parents, Elizabeth Cook, the mother of a child on each of our campuses. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cook family and friends as they navigate this difficult situation.

"Mrs. Cook’s passion for our school and community was unconditional. Over the past 12 years that her children attended our schools, she supported us in many ways, whether it was leading our Parent/Teacher organizations, serving as a substitute, volunteering for school committees, or just being at events. In our small, close-knit community, her loss is deeply felt.

"Ballinger ISD has decided to allow our students and staff to show their respect to the family by attending Mrs. Cooks’ memorial services on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. Due to the number of people this involves we have made the following decisions:

  • BISD will not have an official school day on February 20, 2024
  • BISD campuses will be open to accept students who need a place to stay for the day. They will report at the start of the day and leave at the end of the day unless signed out by a parent.
  • There will be planned activities for students during the day.
  • Breakfast and Lunch will be served
  • Buses will not run

"It is important to note that, in the coming days and weeks, adults and children affected by this tragedy may experience reactions to trauma that are completely normal. These reactions may include difficulty with focus, mood swings, feeling tired, feeling irritable/angry, experiencing worry or fear, having nightmares, and needing space. If these reactions last longer than four weeks without improvement, this is the point at which mental health professionals typically recommend seeking help. There are several resources available for counseling services. If needed, please reach out to your child’s principal or campus counselor.

"We appreciate your support and understanding during this difficult time.

"Sincerely, Superintendent Caroline Toliver"

"Thoughts and prayers for the Cook family and the Ballinger community are encouraged and much appreciated."

Ballinger ISD

Ballinger ISD

(Credit: Ballinger ISD Facebook Page)

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