In a series of unanimous votes, the Copperas Cove Independent School District board of trustees approved agenda items during their meeting Tuesday night.

Discussions on the items had been held during the board’s workshop on Monday.

Two budgetary expenditures were approved: the first for sliding shelving units for the district’s special education files at a cost of $27,587.62. All records will be kept in a special room in the new administration building currently undergoing renovation and set to open in July.

“We are digitizing,” said Superintendent Joe Burns, “but we have to keep a hard copy of these records for up to five years after a student graduates.”

The sliding shelving units would save space and, ultimately, cost.

The second budgetary proposal was for a digital sign for the new administration building, costing $49,855.00.

Other agenda items approved involved the use of competitive, sealed proposals for an electrical renovation at Halstead Elementary School. The school, built in the 1950s, according to board member Harry Byrd, needs to have its wiring upgraded and more outlets added to allow for better use of technology in the classrooms.

The proposed 2017-2018 summer school program and staffing was reviewed and approved by the board.

The program is set to begin June 6 at Fairview/Jewell Elementary, S.C. Lee Junior High and Copperas Cove Junior High. The classes would target a number of areas, including remediation for STAAR testing, English as a second language and the Ranger Reading Program.

A related agenda item the board approved dealt with an expedited waiver for accelerated instruction, covering the 2017-2018, 2018-2019, and 2019-2020 school years.

The waiver would provide interventions during the school year to help students who have been unsuccessful with the state tests. “Without the interventions and core instruction, you would have students in school all summer long,” Burns said.

Of particular interest to the board was that several students had qualified to attend the Distributive Education Clubs of America International Conference in Atlanta in April.

The board approved funds in the amount of $46,228, covering the cost of sending about 30 students and five chaperones to the conference.

In other business:

  • The board discussed and approved a job order contract that would allow CCISD to install a turn lane at Williams/Ledger Elementary School, an out-of-state trip for the Military Child Education Coalition National Training Seminar, budget recovery items, new hires, resignations and the board calendar.

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