COPPERAS COVE — The Copperas Cove Independent School district sent out an open call this week for local organizations looking to offer students an opportunity to earn physical education credit off campus next year.

The district held two information sessions Friday for anyone interested in participating in a new program, which allows students in grades seven through 12 to receive PE credit for activities offered off-campus and after school by approved third-party providers.

“We wanted a way to provide more flexibility and choice for our students when it comes to earning credits,” said Kelly Avritt, the district’s director of curriculum and instruction.

The third-party providers must operate in the greater Central Texas area, and will be able to offer students activities not currently available within CCISD such as gymnastics and martial arts.

Vendors will not be allowed to offer activities or sports already offered by the district, and all the costs of taking courses or lessons from approved providers, as well as any transportation costs, would be paid by participating students and their parents.

Greg Brown of Performance 360, a Killeen business that offers training for athletes of all ages, said he may apply to join the program.

“We have been really successful with our programs, and help student athletes, and this sounds like a great opportunity to reach out and help more kids,” Brown said.

Avritt said all vendors must go through a rigourous application and approval process with the district and the Texas Education Agency.

“They need to show us that their program is a high quality one, and what they teach the students must align with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills curriculum standards.”

Avritt said the district will begin taking applications Aug. 22, and forms will be available on the district’s website at

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

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