COPPERAS COVE — Being conservative on its enrollment numbers may pay off for the Copperas Cove Independent School District at the end of the fiscal year.
That is, barring any emergencies in the 2017-2018 school year.
Superintendent Joe Burns reported that enrollment numbers through Sept. 9 are up 98 students as compared to last year. Burns said the district used last year’s enrollment averages of 8,067 students for budget purposes.
School districts in Texas are required to input enrollment figures every day and they are sent to the state three times per year.
The district has 8,165 students under the current count.
“It is somewhat complicated, but all automated,” Burns said after the meeting. “We are conservative in our estimates.”
The superintendent said it is not uncommon for the district to have a positive fund balance at the end of the year.
Schools seeing sizable increases include 75 more students in Copperas Cove High School, 41 more students at Mae Stevens Early Learning Academy, and 39 more than last year at Williams/Ledger Elementary School.
In other news, the district will purchase 390 SSD hard drives for student computer labs. The total cost for the hard drives is $34,827, and money from budgeted funds will be used. The board will purchase 180 Dell Latitude computers at a cost of just under $600 per computer. The total cost for 180 computers is $107,017, and budgeted funds will be used.
Also, the district will ask for a waiver from the state, as each school district in Texas is required to review its class size enrollment to determine if class sizes for kindergarten through fourth-grade classes meet the requirement of TEC 25.112 — a 22:1 ratio of students to instructors.
CCISD has one kindergarten, two first-grade classes, seven second-grade classes, six third-grade classes and six fourth-grade classes that have enrollment higher than 22 students.
In other action, the board members approved designating six CCISD employees as certified teacher appraisers for the 2017-2018 school year. They are Shay Adams, Khalana Carlton, Catherine Dunham, Julie Kearney, Angela Kirkpatrick and Robert Turner.
The board also approved about $30,000 for the services of Schools by Design — a partner with The Center for Reform of School Systems — that works with school districts across the country.
The company analyzes various data components to design not only the optimal school schedule, but also to identify ways to meet the district’s strategic objective with existing resources.
This includes loading, verifying, analyzing and working with CCISD staff to interpret the data, as well as up to seven days of consulting support in designing new schedules.