By Jackie Stone

The Cove Herald

The Copperas Cove school board created a new higher education opportunity for high school students and voted to cancel the 2010 school board election at its regular meeting Tuesday night.

There were three open seats on the Copperas Cove Independent School District board of trustees in the scheduled May 8 election, but only one candidate applied for each seat.

Current Place 5 holder Lynn Wessels opted not to run again for her position on the school board. The sole applicant to replace her was Doug Cook, 71, of Copperas Cove. With no challengers, place 3 and 4 incumbents Joan Manning and Mike Wilburn will retain their seats on the board.

The cancellation will save the district $5,518 that was budgeted for the election, according to the agenda.

CCISD also entered into an agreement with the University of Texas Chembridge Program, which Superintendent Rose Cameron said will give high schoolers who are not planning to study science another opportunity to earn a college level credit in chemistry.

In other action

The board voted to rejoin the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools. Cameron said the district left NAFIS about two years ago after the organization proposed legislation that would have significantly cut funding CCISD receives from the federal Impact Aid program. NAFIS is a non-profit organization that aims to education federal legislators about the needs of federally impacted schools.

Board members approved new start times for Copperas Cove High school, changing it from 7:55 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. The action also requires that teachers offer tutorials Monday and Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. and provides for buses to run at 4:15 p.m. after tutoring.

The district increased its contribution to the employee group insurance program from $352 to $378 per employee per month for the 2010-2011 school year to help combat rising insurance costs.

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