As part of School Board Recognition Month, Copperas Cove school board members were honored at their meeting Jan. 14 with pictures, plants, serenades, videos, choirs, and more.

Trustees also were invited to seven schools for a special breakfast or luncheon during the month.

On Tuesday, Copperas Cove High School’s culinary arts students, under the direction of teacher Amy Loughran, treated the school board to a fine-dining experience, said Olga Peña, Copperas Cove Independent School District spokeswoman.

“The student chefs cooked and prepared a complete meal, including homemade pasta and individual desserts, as well as served their guests to provide a five-star restaurant experience on campus,” she said. “The culinary arts class has catered school events and recently the 175-guest wedding reception of a high school teacher.”

School board member Doug Cook said visiting the schools was a rewarding experience.

“It has been so much fun and so exciting to meet with the staff at the schools. But what really makes the hearts beat faster is when the kids come in,” Cook said. “They have sung to us, made us place mats and even special tiles. With the culinary arts class, the food is always delicious.”

Copperas Cove ISD Superintendent Dr. Joe Burns said Cove ISD benefits greatly from the contributions of school board members who serve without pay.

“Serving as a crucial link between the community and classroom. This board is responsible for an annual budget of $77 million, more than 8,200 students and 1,200 employees, and 11 campuses,” Burns said. “We applaud their willingness to serve as advocates for our children and the voice of public education.”

School board members wrapped up the month with breakfast at Martin Walker Elementary School.

Contact Wendy Sledd at or (254) 501-7476

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