COPPERAS COVE — Cove school board members were honored Tuesday by several area schools for a job well done, and it has paid off in more ways than one.
Board members were serenaded, given gifts, honored in student-created videos and recognized in other ways for their service to the Copperas Cove Independent School District as part of School Board Member Recognition Month.
But the biggest reward of the evening came with the approval of positive financial and single audits for the year ending Aug. 31.
Lott, Vernon and Company of Temple conducted the audit citing an overall increase in financial resources and an administrative concern with special education records.
“The district is in great health and has a very strong financial statement. The fund balance during the year has increased by almost $2 million,” said Dane Legg, CPA with Lott, Vernon and Company.
Legg said some deficiencies were cited due to the way special education files were being maintained.
“Some of it deals with going to a new system and the district going through a software conversion. The district has put in place internal controls to make that adujustment,” Legg said. “Overall, it was a very clean audit.”
Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Katie Ryan, said specific rules and regulations for maintaining special education files are required and the district was not consistent with its process.
“It is very difficult with high mobility and getting records for students from all over the world. And, every state is different. It’s easy when you get them from other Texas schools because they are similar,” Ryan said. “We are now making sure we do really strong due diligence to make sure everything was sent to (the district) — past testing, psychological evaluations, everything.”
Copperas Cove ISD has more than 800 special education students.
Ryan said the district will be using ESPED software to maintain the files now.
“We will start with that and see what the capabilities are. Since we already have the software, it’s just a matter of training staff. So, it won’t cost us anything, hopefully,” Ryan said.
She said if the current software available does not work, the district will look at updating it or going to another online program.
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