COPPERAS COVE — Educators from all 11 campuses in the Copperas Cove Independent School District received a warm welcome Monday as they attended the district’s annual convocation at Lea Ledger Auditorium.
Part staff meeting, part pep rally, the event included lunch and speeches by district administrators, a motivational speaker and performances by a number of student groups.
“It’s always good to have a chance to get to meet everyone, get some food and get ready for a new school year,” said Richard Kirkpatrick, the district’s deputy superintendent. “It’s an opportunity for everybody to meet each other and get ready for a new school year.”
The event began with lunch, cooked by some of the district’s own staff, held in the high school’s cafeteria. Members from various student spirit groups, including cheerleaders, marching band and the Copperettes dance team helped serve the food and welcome staff as they came in.
“We wanted to let them know that the students care about them, and that we know the job they do is important,” said Lindsey Spurlock, a member of the Copperettes.
Those same groups also kicked off the convocation itself, held in the auditorium following the meal. There, the district’s educators heard words of support and motivation from motivational speaker Rick Rigsby, as well as superintendent Joseph Burns and members of the district’s board of trustees.
“I think this is going to be our best school year ever,” said Burns. “We have the greatest staff, bar none the best teachers and exceptional board members.”
Burns was hired as the district’s superintendent in May. This will be his first school year at the helm of the Cove district.
“Today I can commit to you to do my very best,” he told attendees. “I will stay focused on student success.”
For Cove students, the 2012-2013 school year will begin Monday.
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