COPPERAS COVE — School board trustees received a first glance at enrollment numbers for the start of the school year during a Monday workshop, which brought concerns about campus growth.
“Right now, we are at the highest enrollment ever for the district,” said Joseph Burns, Copperas Cove Independent School District superintendent.
As of Monday, with more students still enrolling, the district had 8,356 children attending its 11 schools.
“We got good enrollment,” said Burns, who noted that every room at House Creek, the district’s newest school, is now in use. But there was still room for students in classrooms throughout the district.
Before this year’s number, the district’s highest enrollment was 8,328 in October 2010, according to information from the district. Last year’s highest enrollment was 8,250, which also landed in October 2011. This year, the district started school Aug. 27, with 8,049 students, 186 more students than the first day in 2011.
Trustee Jim Copeland questioned if record numbers meant the district is already applying for class-size waivers.
Burns said the district has yet to apply for waivers, but there may be a need for some in the future.
With future housing developments surrounding House Creek, S.C. Lee Junior High, and Williams/Ledger Elementary, Copeland also was curious about the possibility of new campuses and if they would need to be constructed if Fort Hood has a reduction of troops.
Burns said new development is planned around House Creek but he didn’t believe it was time to look at constructing a new school. He estimated it would be two years before the district would possibly need to build additional classrooms in its current facility.
Burn said if Fort Hood doesn’t grow beyond its current troop levels, the district is close enough to Interstate 35 to experience the growth the state has received along the traffic corridor.
The board will give a more in-depth presentation on the enrollment number at 6:30 p.m. today.