COPPERAS COVE — An annual security audit at the Copperas Cove Independent School District praised district schools for their efforts in providing a safe environment, but also had several recommendations to improve security.
The Texas Education Code requires districts statewide to conduct security audits of the district’s facilities at least once every three years.
An audit of all 15 Copperas Cove ISD facilities and Bulldawg Stadium was conducted between Sept. 23 and Dec. 17 in conjunction with the Texas School Safety Center, according to a district report.
Copperas Cove ISD board members approved the audit’s findings during its Tuesday meeting. The audit commended the district on keeping campuses “exceptionally clean,” having visitor procedures in place to safeguard against sex offenders, posting evacuation maps, conducting emergency drills regularly and providing proper surveillance for each campus.
However, the auditors had 10 recommendations, including keeping classroom doors and custodial closets on all campuses locked at all times, as well as doing a better job identifying intruders. In one instance, the report stated an intruder was at the high school campus for 14 minutes before being stopped and questioned.
In other news, the board approved hiring independent audit firm Lott, Vernon & Company PC to prepare the district’s annual fiscal audit for the 2013-2014 school year. The company has been auditing the district for more than 25 years, said Superintendent Joe Burns.
“By summer, we’ll have them back in the district looking at financial data and information, preparing for the meat and potatoes of the audit after we do year-end closeout in August and September,” Burns said. “Then, of course they (will) come to the board in either December or January to present the audit to the district.”
The estimated cost of the audit should be less than $46,900, according to Copperas Cove ISD.
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