By Jackie Stone
Killeen Daily Herald
COPPERAS COVE – The deputy superintendent's chair that has been empty since the spring will soon be filled.
At its regular meeting Tuesday night, the Copperas Cove Independent School District board of directors approved hiring Troy Galow for the open position.
Galow is currently the director of employee relationships for the Leander Independent School District. Galow is a graduate of Tarleton State University and has 15 years of experience, according to district documents.
Galow said he jumped at the chance to take the CCISD position.
"This district is doing some great things and I want to be a part of that," he said.
Brenda Cox, assistant superintendent of curriculum and student services, said the district interviewed nine of the many applicants for the position, but Galow was the star.
The board also approved a construction manager for the proposed 800-student elementary school to be located at the corner of Lutheran Church Road and Coy Drive. The board approved Baird Williams Construction of Temple.
Superintendent Rose Cameron recommended the board approve the Baird Williams bid of $380,000. A second bid topped $1.1 million for very similar services, she said.
With the construction manager approved, an estimate for the construction cost must next be made.
"It's exciting that we're going to get this thing moving along," Cameron said after the board's approval.
The board also heard and approved the results of the district's financial audit.
According to the findings, the district is in good financial shape heading into the new year.
However, the auditors noted an extra $150,000 for food services the district paid that was not approved by the board during the budget process.
Executive Director of Business Services Robert Edmonson said the district self-reported the excess before the audit. He said the problem was due to errors and miscoding of orders largely from one person. He said new, strict procedures should prevent it from happening again.
Earlier in the evening, the district held a public hearing for the results of the district's Academic Excellence Indicator System Report.
During the open forum of the school board meeting that followed, Copperas Cove High School AP English teacher Jan Stalder took the microphone to comment about some of the report's findings on teachers in the district.
According to the report, about 45 percent of district employees are teachers, while the statewide average is about 50 percent.
"That's 5 percent. We the teachers are to whom you trust students every day," she said. "Help us make sure there are enough faculty to do this."
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