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Cove ISD to ask TEA for waiver

Board of Trustees approve submission request for days lost to bomb threats

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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 11:52 am, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

COPPERAS COVE — The Copperas Cove Independent School District Board of Trustees approved submission of a waiver to the Texas Education Agency for missed instructional days at a meeting Tuesday night.

If approved, the waiver would release CCISD from making up three school days lost because of bomb threats made in December. If denied, the district will have to decide what days to use to make up for lost instructional time this semester.

“We’re looking at a variety of options if the waiver is not granted,” said Superintendent Joseph Burns at the meeting. “Parents may say they already have plans for Good Friday, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

Designated bad-weather days, Good Friday, Presidents Day and early-out days could all be considered to make up lost hours if the TEA denies the waiver.

Deputy Superintendent Richard Kirkpatrick said not having to make up school days would be easier on the district.

“It’s impacting 8,200 students and every staff

member in the district,” he said. “The actions of (a few) students are causing 10,000-plus people to cancel plans.”

Last semester, 11 bomb threats were made at Copperas Cove High School, Copperas Cove Junior High and S.C. Lee Junior High School. Nine students were detained in connection with the threats as of Dec. 18, according to police department news releases.

The total cost to the district of the threats and missed days is still uncertain.

“We’re still trying to compute it, waiting on the bills to come in,” said Robert Edmonson, chief financial officer for the district. “We’re hoping to have it all together in another month or so.”

Costs Edmonson is waiting on include police and district employee overtime, additional security personnel for the campuses and use of bomb-sniffing dogs.

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