The Copperas Cove Independent School District said farewell to more than 550 years of educating experience Tuesday night.
“I honestly don’t know how we will get along without you,” said school board President Joan Manning to a group of educators retiring this year.
The board and the administration recognized 21 people who were retiring from the district — several with careers at only Copperas Cove schools.
“You just do not replace this type of service,” said Superintendent Joseph Burns. “They are a class act, A-1 folks.”
Burns shared personal stories about every teacher present at the meeting and said they will be missed by the district and students.
“This was a dean of the agriculture,” Burns said recognizing Kenneth Barnett. “Anything that can be showed, he has done that.”
Barnett, the high school agriculture teacher, dedicated 30 years to education — 18 in Copperas Cove.
Christy Slagle, the now former Mae Stevens Elementary School principal, was among the district’s retirees. She spent 36 years as an educator — 35 with Cove ISD.
“I would like to thank Copperas Cove ISD for taking a chance on a brand-new teacher 35 years ago,” Slagle said.