Of the 1,300 staff at Copperas Cove Independent School District, nearly 900, or 75 percent of that staff are women.

Nationally, 80 percent of principals are male. However, in CCISD, among the 11 principals in the school district, seven are female. That’s 63 percent female principals as compared to 20 percent nationally, according to a news release from the district.

CCISD has been selected as the Girl Scouts of Central Texas Workplace of Distinction for 2017, being recognized for the opportunities the school district offers to women, according to the release.

CCISD launched a paraprofessional education assistance program this year. Brandy Petty, with the paraprofessional education assistance program, assists in a bi-lingual classroom at Mae Stevens Early Learning Academy.

“Being a single mom, it is not easy to successfully work, raise children, and go to school, but I have been fortunate to be a part of a district that believes in its employees and helps to build them up however it can,” Petty said. “To hear Dr. Burns tell my principal often that I am going to teach for CCISD one day, and then ensure that there is money for me to reach that goal speaks volumes.”

Petty started out as a volunteer in her children’s classrooms and was encouraged by the school principal to apply to become an aide and is now well on her way to becoming a teacher, said Barbara Tate, CCISD human resources executive director.

“We are so fortunate to have so many talented women on our staff, at all levels within the organization,” Tate said. “Being recognized with the Women of Distinction Award just confirms what a great school district we have and what a great place to work CCISD is. It is so rewarding to see our employees work hard and grow from instructional aides to teachers.”

Tate said while the district recruits its teaching staff from various resources, CCISD targets with a high success rate women’s colleges to recruit teachers. CCISD also guides teachers through the Administration Academy to prepare them to become principals and directors and offer tuition assistance for them to achieve their master’s degrees in their core areas of teaching, and while open to both genders, the majority of participants are female teachers on staff, according to the news release.

CCISD will be recognized at a special luncheon in its honor March 9. Tickets are available by calling the Central Texas Girl Scouts at 800-733-0011, ext. 802.

jdowland@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7464

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