School districts across the state are observing January as School Board Appreciation Month.

As districts take the 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. This week completes a Q/A feature series about the Cove ISD board.

To review the previously featured trustees, go to

Jim Copeland, Place 6

Jim Copeland was elected to the board in 1999. He served in the Air Force for 28 years.. He taught junior high school and high school for 12 years in Cove, and retired as an assistant principal at Copperas Cove Junior High School. He served three terms on the City Council.

Copeland graduated from Tyler High School, received a bachelor’s degree in education from West Texas State University and a master’s degree in education administration from Our Lady of the Lake University.

Q & A

Why are you serving on the school board?

I taught at CCISD high school for eight years and was assistant principal at Cove junior high five years. I now serve because I want CCISD to excel in the education of our Cove students.

Why is education important to you?

The more we educate our students, the less we’ll spend on jails.

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

Attending Crossroads graduation each year — with a school of choice, we serve our students that cannot attend regular high school.

Inez Faison, board secretary, Place 1

Inez Faison was appointed to the board in 2007 to fill an unexpired term. In May 2009, she was elected to a full three-year term.

Faison received a bachelor’s degree in accounting and was commissioned in the U.S. Army in May 1981. She served 12 years of active duty, retiring in 2006 after spending the majority of her career in the Reserve.

In 1991, she received a master’s degree in international business from St. Mary’s University.

During the past 27 years, Faison has served in a number of officer’s positions, taught ROTC and attended classes at Oklahoma State University.

Faison belongs to several community organizations.

She serves as president of the Noon Exchange Club and vice president for programs in the Altrusa International Club of Copperas Cove. She is a member of the board of directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Copperas Cove, and of the Killeen Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She is the director of business operations for the Copperas Cove Crusaders AAU basketball organization.

She is currently the executive director of the Housing Authority of Copperas Cove.

Q & A

Why are you serving on the school board?

I am serving on the school board to impact the lives and future success of students and staff members. “To whom much is given much is expected.”

Why is education important to you?

Education is the cornerstone of success. It enhances your knowledge and your quality of life.

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

My favorite moment as a board member is when I read emails from staff and students thanking us for the serving our school district.

Doug Cook, Place 5

Doug Cook was elected to the board in 2010.

Born and raised in Arizona, Cook graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering.

After graduation, Cook worked several years as a construction superintendent building manufacturing facilities for the Motorola Company. He then went on to work with Hunt Building Corp. where Cook served as the vice president of design build for 12 years before working for Opus West Corp. in the same position for 20 years.

Cook retired in 2003 to move to Copperas Cove in order to spend more time with his children and grandchildren.

Now a seven-year resident of the city, Cook has five children, nine grandchildren, four of whom recently graduated from Cove ISD schools, and four great-grandchildren, three who currently attend Copperas Cove ISD schools. Cook is a member of the Coryell County Appraisal District Board and the Copperas Cove Education Foundation.

Q & A

Why are you on the school board?

We have a highly regarded and excellent education system at CCISD, and I am honored and privileged to be a member of the school board.

I believe it is my civic duty to give back for the blessings I have received as an American. What better way to give back than to help provide our community and nation with well-educated quality citizens. I also want to provide a payback (pay-forward) to CCISD, as I have seven family members that have/are receiving a high quality education from CCISD. I believe with my corporate business/engineering background, I can continue to contribute and work with board members to continue the growth and quest for excellence.

What is one of your favorite moments as a board member?

One (of many) was when our board was chosen in 2011 as one of the “Top Five Board of Trustees in Texas.” (Texas has approximately 1,265 school boards.) I believe this designation was in recognition of not just the board, but also the overall excellence of CCISD, and of our administration, staff, students and the engagement of our community.

Why is education important to you?

Quality education is the “life blood” of our nation, which starts with providing for each student an education of the highest quality in keeping with his or her abilities and capacity to learn.

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