A regular figure seen at Copperas Cove Independent School District board of trustee workshops and meetings is not a board member at all.
Terri Jones is a school liaison officer from Fort Hood, whose job is to keep military families living in Cove on top of what’s happening in the school district.
Jones is a former Copperas Cove school teacher who previously worked as an SLO, took another job, then came back to Fort Hood. “My heart was here,” she said about her return to the SLO office about a year ago.
In addition to attending CCISD meetings, Jones works closely with Temple and Belton school districts.
The two other SLOs in the office cover six additional school districts: Killeen, Salado, Florence, Jarrell, Lampasas and Gatesville.
By attending the CCISD board meetings and workshops, Jones facilitates communication between Fort Hood and the district. She is impressed by how well the board members get along with each other.
“There’s a homey, comfortable feeling to the board meetings,” she said.
Elizabeth Davenport has been an SLO for more than three years. Angelica Salinas joined the team over a year ago.
How the school liaison officers are able to assist soldiers in many ways is important to Jones. “I’m a military spouse. I’ve been in their shoes.”
When she’s not attending school board and committee meetings or other functions, Jones is at the SLO office on post with Davenport and Salinas, helping incoming and outgoing soldiers transition to their new assignment.
Being able to provide peace of mind for families fresh to the area is important to the SLO team, so the soldiers can focus on their mission.
“We get calls from people moving here,” Davenport said. They ask about everything from the schools to whether there is a mall or activities for their children.
Whether sitting down one-on-one with the soldiers, or talking on the phone, Davenport explained the trio’s caring attitude: “We take them in our arms like family.”
The Fort Hood school liaison officers can be contacted at 254-288-7946. The office is open Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., including training holidays. The office is closed on federal holidays.