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Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011 12:00 pm | Updated: 4:06 pm, Thu Sep 6, 2012.

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.

Contact Holly Wise at hwise@kdhnews.com or (254)501-7474.

Contract extensions

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.

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