The Copperas Cove Independent School District held its annual community-wide luncheon March 7 at the Cove Civic Center in City Park. First on the agenda, Superintendent Joe Burns lauded the many successes throughout the year beginning with several awards.
Certificates of appreciation were handed out to more than 20 Campus Heroes — parents and volunteers who work behind the scenes in the district’s schools. Williams/Ledger came in first with seven awards followed by Martin Walker with four awards. Clements, Fairview, House Creek, Mae Stevens and Hattie received two awards each.
Olga Pena-Gaede, CCISD public information officer, said the effort of volunteers was invaluable.
“You know how they say it takes a village to raise a child,” she said. “With CCISD it takes a village to educate a child. Thank you to the many parents and volunteers who go into our schools and make a difference.”
One of those top winners, Vanessa Flores, volunteers with Clements/Parsons daily.
“It’s humbling and satisfying to be recognized but I don’t need an award to know that what I do is worthwhile,” she said. “Last month at our father-daughter dance, when a dad drove 14 hours to dance with his daughter, that story made it worthwhile. When a grandfather flew into Texas just to attend the dance because his granddaughter has lost her soldier-father, that made it worthwhile.”
Luncheon activities included the presentation of colors by Copperas Cove High School JROTC followed by a lively performance from the student step team from Fairview/Miss Jewel and the school choir. Student artwork was also on display.
Guest speaker Col. Glen Gildon, commander of the Fort Hood Mobilization Brigade, spoke about the importance of the military partnering with the Community in School programs.
Burns then discussed the state of the district’s finances and the effect of lost Impact Aid funding.
CCISD Fact Information Box:
Budget: $73 million
Largest non-military employer in Coryell County with 1,194 employees
Attendance rate of 95.5 percent and a dropout rate of 1.4 percent
8,355 students on 11 campuses
Transports 4750 students on 71 different routes
All campuses received highest rating of met standard
Five campuses earned distinction designation for academic excellence in reading/English
50 percent of students in district hail from economically disadvantaged homes
96.8 percent of all high school students who enter as freshman graduate four years later
Texas Education Agency recognized 100 percent of the district’s campuses with highest ranking of Met Standard
5 campuses receive TEA’s Distinguished Academic Category distinctions