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Cove ISD trustees tell why they serve

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Posted: Friday, January 11, 2013 4:30 am

School districts across the state observe January as School Board Appreciation Month.

As districts take time to honor their leaders, the Copperas Cove Herald would like to share information about members of the Copperas Cove Independent School District Board of Trustees. New board members will be featured each week until the end of January. This information was compiled by our staff and the district.

Bob Weiss, Place 2

Weiss was elected to the Copperas Cove Independent School Board of Trustees in 2003.

He was born in Copperas Cove, but then moved to Holland with his family. After graduating from Southwest Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in education, Weiss moved back to the Cove ISD community to teach.

He went back to Southwest Texas State University to receive a master’s degree in education. After 10 years of teaching, he became the principal of Avenue E Elementary School. Later, he was appointed principal of Lovett Ledger Intermediate School. In 1999, he retired after 36 years in education.

Weiss is active in a variety of community organizations. He currently serves on the Coryell Central Appraisal Board and is a member of Grace United Methodist Church.

Q&A

Why are you serving on the school board?

I am a retired educator with 36 years of experience in CCISD who understands that difficult decisions must be made in order to manage a school district effectively and efficiently.

My experiences as a parent, teacher and principal have given me the knowledge-base needed to help make decisions that are in the best interest of the school district.

I have pride in CCISD as it continues to make immense strides even though funding continues to be a problem.

Why is education important to you?

Education is important to me because it changes how one views life. As a lifelong practice, it provides insight and opportunities that might otherwise be missed.

What has been your favorite moment while serving on the school board?

Naming just one such moment is impossible. Each recognition of teacher and/or student success fills me with pride and admiration for those who work so hard to achieve.

Karen Harrison, Place 7

Harrison was elected to the Cove ISD board in May 2011.

She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Baylor University in 1992. She received her medical degree in 1996 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She then completed her residency in internal medicine at East Carolina University/Pitt County Memorial Hospital in Greenville, N.C., in 1999.

Harrison worked at Scott & White Hospital in Temple from 1999 to 2007 where she also was an assistant professor of medicine at Texas A&M School of Medicine. In 2007, she and her husband, Ray, moved their internal medicine practice to Copperas Cove.

Harrison is a native of Copperas Cove and graduated from Copperas Cove High School in 1988. She is a member of Grace United Methodist Church, where she teaches Sunday school and helps direct vacation Bible school.

Harrison also serves with the Copperas Cove Education Foundation.

She and her husband have three children.

Q&A

Why are you serving on the school board?

I am serving on the CCISD school board because I want to help make our school district the best in Texas.

The state and federal governments require our public schools to provide many services which they do not fund so we have to do more with less money.

I want to not only fight for our children, but also the public school children of Texas. Many of our Texas Legislators do not understand the importance of public education and would rather that state funding go to charter schools and private school tuition. Education is the only way to reach equality across all social classes. Education should be free and equal to all students.

Why is education important to you?

Public education is important to me because it has allowed me to become a physician and help people. I love going to work every day knowing that I can make a difference in someone’s life.

An education provides students with a lifetime of endless opportunities. All children should have an education that will provide them with the skills and opportunities to make an impact on their world.

What has been your favorite moment while serving on the school board?

My favorite part of being a board member is attending multiple school functions and watching our students achieve their goals in academics, music, art, drama and sports.

We have amazing students with many talents.

On graduation night, I can’t help but gaze with wonder and try to imagine all the collective potential in that one arena and how the new graduates will positively affect our community, our country and our world.

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