COPPERAS COVE — Less than one year after hiring a new top administrator, members of the Copperas Cove Independent School District’s Board of Trustees voted Thursday to extend the contract of Superintendent Joseph Burns for another two years.

In its first meeting since the district’s winter break, the board voted to extend Burns’ contract through 2017 after meeting in closed session for more than three hours.

Burns was hired to replace former Superintendent Rose Cameron in May. His current contract states that the term of employment runs from June 2012 through June 2015.

According to that contract, the board can vote to extend the contract at any time, as long as the total term does not exceed five years.

Extending the contract through June 2017 lengthens the term of the contact to the full five years, the maximum allowed by the state’s education code.

The contract extension does not include any changes to Burns’ $162,000 annual salary, said district spokeswoman Olga Peña.

The unanimous vote on the contract extension came immediately after the board finished Burns’ first evaluation as the district’s head administrator.

According to Burns’ contract and district policy, the board is required to meet at least once a year to review the superintendent’s performance, as well as the “superintendent-board relationship.”

That evaluation is usually conducted in January or February, and the board can call for a similar review and evaluation in July, the contract states. The contract also allows the board to consider an extension of the superintendent’s contract during the annual evaluation.

Board members made no comment on the vote Thursday after retuning from executive session.

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

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

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