COPPERAS COVE — The Copperas Cove Independent School District board of trustees discussed staffing allocations during its workshop Monday.

As the district prepares for the upcoming school year, officials are adhering to the Texas Association of School Boards staffing guidelines.

“Copperas Cove ISD has reviewed statewide data related to staffing ratios and is making recommendations we feel are appropriate in order to improve the efficiency of delivering services to students,” said Superintendent Joe Burns.

“The new guidelines really focus on classroom support for teaching staff and ultimately student success. The majority of the reductions will be handled through attrition.”

In areas where the district may have to lose positions through layoffs, board members are considering the district’s smaller budget due to the multi-tiered reduction of federal Impact Aid funding.

Barbara Tate, the district’s executive director for Human Resource Services, said Cove ISD will have to lose three counselors in future school years. Two counselors already put in their resignations, so if another counselor resigns, the district does not plan on rehiring a counselor, since they will have to get rid of the position in the future.

“Because of the loss of Impact Aid, if we gain a position right now that we think we’re going to end up having to absorb sometime in the future, unless that position is critical, we’re not hiring that position,” Burns said. “We’re going to gain that early. We’re going to take that slot early (through attrition).”

Board members will consider taking action regarding staffing guidelines for the 2014-2015 school year and beyond at 6:30 p.m. today in the district’s administration building board room, 703 W. Avenue D.

They also will discuss which business to contract with for the collection of delinquent taxes at the district and listen to a presentation from district officials who went to Washington, D.C., this month for The National Association of Federally Impacted Schools spring conference.

Contact Sarah Rafique at or (254) 501-7553. Follow her on Twitter at SarahRafique.

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