The Copperas Cove Independent School District Board of Trustees authorized a considerable amount of spending during their meetings on Monday and Tuesday.
At Monday’s workshop session, board members discussed proposed technology expenditures for the 2018-2019 school year. Four items were on that list: the Microsoft EES Licensing Agreement with a cost of $57,771 per year, Cisco Small Business Switches to be installed at Copperas Cove High School costing $58,016, a network cabling upgrade at Copperas Cove High School for $313,000 and installation of Ruckus Wi-Fi access points at Copperas Cove High School for $47,313.
The total budgetary expenditures for those items exceeds $475,000 and would impact Cove’s 8,000 students and 1,200 staff, according to Copperas Cove ISD Superintendent Joe Burns.
Additional spending discussions took place Monday for proposed travel to two conferences, with costs over $14,000.
The vote to approve the spending at Tuesday night’s regular meeting passed unanimously 7-0.
The 2018-2019 academic year calendar was discussed Monday and approved Tuesday in a unanimous vote, as well.
The hiring of eight new teachers in the district since Jan. 1 was approved by the board Tuesday evening, while notice of five teacher resignations was reported as an information item.
Tuesday night’s meeting also included recognition by the board for the Copperas Cove Moose Lodge, Women of the Moose and the Moose Riders, along with the shop Bearables, who joined together to host a holiday party for 100 special education students.
Over a dozen local businesses and civic organizations received the Stand Up for Texas Public Schools Award during Tuesday’s meeting for their support of public education.