COPPERAS COVE — Parents and staff gathered Tuesday night for the Copperas Cove Independent School District’s annual state-of-the-district presentation.

District Superintendent Joseph Burns laid out the district’s past accomplishments, challenges and its plans for the future in a short speech to the attendees at Lea Ledger Auditorium.

“It’s been a phenomenal year for CCISD,” Burns said.

In his speech, Burns went over a number of accolades accrued by students and teachers in both academics and athletics. He also thanked Fort Hood for its partnership with the district, which included providing support and security during a rash of bomb threats in December.

“Fort Hood, without exception or complaint, was out here each and every time we needed them,” Burns said.

Burns also laid out some of the district’s future goals. Those included a continuing force of math and science education, expanding technology for students and staff across the district, expanding dual-credit programs, and creating a career and technical education program for students who may not be college-bound.

“Kids need to be prepared for life,” Burns said. “What we need to remember is (that) there is dignity is all types of work.”

Burns said the district also plans to emphasize project-based learning and community service projects for all its students.

“We need to have young people who are willing to give back based on what has been given to them in the past,” Burns said.

Tuesday night’s event was just one of several public information sessions the district organized for the public. CCISD held at least three public listening sessions where Burns and other district administrators were on hand to answer questions from parents, students and other members of the community this school year. Principals at the district’s elementary, junior high schools and high school also held similar “meet-and-greet” events.

“We think it’s always important to keep the public informed,” Burns said. “We want them to know that we are here to listen to them.”

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

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