By Jon Schroeder
The Cove Herald
Asked about how school’s going this year, Copperas Cove Independent School District Superintendant Dr. Rose Cameron has a simple way of putting it: “Education is going on.”
As the school year begins, the district has a lot to live up to, with its new “recognized” Texas Education Agency rating.
Cameron says not much will change in terms of curriculum in the upcoming year. While officially science is not being pushed through the community in the same way that it was last year, she says, “we’re going to continue our science focus and obviously the areas in math (which were lower than most in this year’s testing).”
Instead, this year’s main focus is a statewide one, termed “response to intervention.”
While it’s officially defined as “the practice of providing high-quality instruction and intervention matched to student need,” the program boils down to identifying students who are struggling academically and preventing the slide down a slippery academic slope.
The program will be implemented mostly by teachers, using district and campus resources. Interventionists will be in classrooms as well.
With daily student enrollment hovering at about 7,800, the Copperas Cove Independent School District is a bit smaller than last year’s peak, 7,898, in the third week of September.
The district is slightly behind on some construction to the entrances of several of its schools. Administrators talked with principals the Friday before the start of the school year to set up contingency plans, even as the district has also implemented a new ID-scanner system to increase security and standardize procedure across the district.
The central administration building is using the same system, which scans ID cards and is capable of sending an automatic text message to administrators’ phones and e-mail addresses if a registered sex offender signs in.
But with few changes, the year has begun with a “really, really smooth start,” Cameron said, adding that it’s “a direct reflection of our teachers.”
Another factor likely also contributed. This is the first recent year in which grades aren’t moving from school to school, and the district has had low turnover in administrative positions both for the district and for each campus.
New to the district this year are Miguel Timarky and Mike Hasse, both starting as assistant principals at Copperas Cove High School, and Patrick Crawley, starting as assistant principal at S.C. Lee Junior High School.
Central administration has no new members from outside of the district.
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