By Holly Wise
The Cove Herald
A home away from home for students.
That's the atmosphere House Creek Elementary School's recently hired principal said she wants to create for students, faculty and staff at Copperas Cove Independent School District's seventh elementary school campus.
The CCISD board of directors unanimously agreed to hire Larea Gamble, currently the principal at Selman Elementary School in Sealy, to serve as House Creek Elementary School's first principal.
Gamble will work under a part-time agreement with CCISD between her hire date and the start of her contract for the 2011-12 school year. Gamble said she won't move to Copperas Cove until the summer, but will maintain long-distance contact with her new school.
For a brand-new school still under construction, Gamble said at first her job will center around planning and making decisions about supplies and equipment. She will also devote time to hiring faculty and staffing the school.
Staying in touch with the community is something Gamble deems important, and she said she wants to share as much information with the community as possible.
Gamble has been in education for 14 years, the last three of which were spent as principal of Selman Elementary School, a campus with 820 students.
Gamble said she was impressed with CCISD and the level of student achievement. Her husband will begin job searching here, she said. She has a son who teaches high school, and a daughter enrolled at Sam Houston State University.
House Creek Elementary School is on schedule to be completed and ready for students at the beginning of the 2011-12 school year.
After months of review, the board of directors unanimously approved the district's revised vision and mission statements and district goals.
The revisions were a pilot program through the Region 12 Education Service Center in Waco.
"I appreciate very much the service center and their work with us," CCISD Superintendent Rose Cameron said during the meeting.
CCISD board president Joan Manning noted that as a pilot program, the district was not charged for the services.
The board agreed to meet after its monthly workshop sessions to discuss issues surrounding the future budget.
The board unanimously agreed to extend the contracts of 29 administrators through the 2011-12 school year. Twenty administrator contracts were extended through the 2012-13 school year and one contract was extended through the 2014-2015 school year.
Ledger Furniture donated a couch and chair to the Copperas Cove High School study lounge.
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Twenty-eight administrators contracts extended through 2011-12:
Henry Blair, director of technology
Kirk Balk, assistant principal at J.L. Williams/Lovett Ledger Elementary
Jonathan Bever, assistant principal at C.R. Clements/Hollie Parsons Elementary
Angie Blackwell, assistant principal at Martin Walker Elementary
Colby Blackwell, assistant principal at Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary
Larue Conner, director of assessment
Amanda Crawley, assistant principal at C.R. Clements/Hollie Parsons Elementary
Patrick Crawley, assistant principal at S.C. Lee Junior High
Gary Elliott, director of transportation
Richard Fletcher, assistant principal
Terry Griffin, director of intervention
Debra Hull, director of student services
Robert Jones, director of child nutrition
Brian Jost, assistant principal at S.C. Lee Junior High
Julie Kearney, assistant principal at Copperas Cove Junior High
Cynthia Kostroun, assistant principal at Copperas Cove High School
Lean Miller, assistant principal at Mae Stevens Elementary
Earl Parcell, director of programs and college readiness
Russell Porter, assistant principal at Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary
Kelly Ponsetti-Avritt, associate principal for administration and management at Copperas Cove High School
Russell Porterfield, assistant principal at Copperas Cove High School
James Rudd, director of general services
Stephen Schwausch, director of maintenance and facilities
James Slater, director of accounting
Deanna Thompson, assistant principal at Hettie Halstead Elementary
Miguel Timarky, assistant principal at Copperas Cove High School
Sheri Welch, assistant principal at J.L. Williams/Lovett Ledger Elementary
Daron Worrell, assistant principal at Copperas Cove High School
Stephen Simecek, assistant principal at Copperas Cove Junior High
Twenty-eight administrators contracts extended through 2012-13:
Raymond "Reb" Brock, varsity coordinator at Copperas Cove High School
Kevin Cameron, principal at J.L. Williams/Lovett Ledger Elementary
Brenda Cox, assistant superintendent of curriculum and student services
Jean Darling, director of special education
Mary Derrick, principal at Hettie Halstead Elementary
Robert Edmonson, executive director of business services
Troy Galow, deputy superintendent
Cindy Hutcherson, executive director of accountability and federal programs
Angela Kirkpatrick, principal at Fairview/Miss Jewell Elementary
Richard Kirkpatrick, principal at Copperas Cove High School
Kayleen Love, principal at S.C. Lee Junior High
Patti Monroe, principal at C.R. Clements/Hollie Parsons Elementary
Tracy Ranes, varsity coordinator at Copperas Cove High School
Jimmy Shuck, principal at Avenue E Alternative Learning Center
Christy Slagle, principal at Mae Stevens Elementary
Marla Sullivan, principal at Martin Walker Elementary
Barbara Tate, executive director of human resources
Randy Troub, principal at Copperas Cove Junior High
Elizabeth Van Keuren, director of finance
Tracy Welch, associate head coach/athletic coordinator at Copperas Cove High School
One administrator contract extended through 2014-15:
Jack Welch, administrator and athletic director at Copperas Cove High School.