COPPERAS COVE — School district administrators got an early start Thursday morning as they met with a group of parents and residents for a community coffee at the district’s main administrative office.

Superintendent Joseph Burns, Deputy Superintendent Richard Kirkpatrick and other district staff met at 7 a.m. to take questions and comments from parents at the coffee, the first of a series of “listening events” they plan to hold throughout the school year.

“We want you to help us be aware of what is going on in the community, and what concerns the community has,” Burns told those who attended the event.

Burns took questions from the audience on a number of different topics, including the digitization of textbooks, keeping parents informed about the college application process, the district’s budget and the frequency of administrators’ visits to Copperas Cove campuses.

“I think (the event) was very productive,” Burns said. “There was a lot of good feedback.”

The community coffee also featured a presentation on the district libraries. Dayna Mellberg, Copperas Cove High School’s librarian, gave an overview of the technology and services available to the district students at all grade levels. The district plans to include an additional presentation of other programs and initiatives at future community events.

“We were very fortunate to be given a chance to show people what we offer students, and how they can use those resources to be successful,” Mellberg said.

Burns said the district plans at least three or four more community coffees this school year, and plans to hold similar events in the evening for those who can’t make it in the early morning.

Anne Legare, a Copperas Cove parent who attended Thursday’s coffee, urged other parents to attend and participate in the events.

“I think as parents we need to show the district officials and board that we care,” she said. “If we have something to say and we don’t bother to attend these events, then shame on us.”

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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