COPPERAS COVE — The Copperas Cove Independent School District is considering changing its policy to drop tuition fees for the students of employees who live outside the district’s boundaries.

At a workshop Monday morning, the district’s board of trustees and Superintendent Joseph Burns discussed the proposal, which would allow district employees living outside of CCISD to transfer their children into Cove ISD schools without the tuition fees.

Burns said the policy change was suggested as a way to give those considering taking a job with the district a small incentive.

“We’d like to be able to position ourselves better with our recruitment and retention services,” Burns said. “It’s a little something we can do to help.”

Currently, employees living outside the district pay $500 in tuition for the first child, $250 for a second child and another $250 for a third child to attend a Cove ISD school in grades kindergarten through 12th.

The cost of tuition is lower than that paid by nonemployee, nonmilitary out-of-district residents, which is $1,000 for the first child, and $500 for a second and third child. Military out-of-district transfers are currently charged no tuition.

Burns said that 23 nonresident parents have children in Cove ISD schools and the current total tuition is about $8,860.

If the tuition fees are waived for out-of-district employees, Burns said the children would still have to meet the district’s transfer requirements.

According to the district’s transfer policy, school administrators can consider a student’s conduct, attendance and disciplinary records before approving or denying a transfer request.

No action on the change was taken at Monday’s workshop, but the board is scheduled to consider the change at tonight’s meeting.

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

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