COPPERAS COVE — Members of the Copperas Cove Independent School District Board of Trustees voted to adopt new security measures Friday in the wake of a series of bomb threats at the district’s secondary schools.
After meeting for about an hour in closed session, five members of the board voted unanimously to adopt security measures recommended by Superintendent Joseph Burns. Board members Doug Cook and Mike Wilburn were not in attendance when trustees voted.
Burns said the district would not give out specifics on what measures were adopted, citing concerns about student safety and security.
“We may release some general information to parents before Monday,” Burns said. “But we won’t be releasing any real specifics.”
The district’s campuses have been closed since Wednesday, after the district experienced nine bomb threats at its high school and two middle schools. The multiple threats caused evacuations and a disruption for students, staff and parents.
Burns said time during the campus closures would be used to review safety and security, and give Copperas Cove police the ability to conduct their investigations without more threats thwarting their efforts.
Speaking Friday, Burns said the district still plans to reopen schools Monday. The district offered tutorials, counseling and other services to high school students at Grace Lutheran Church in the later part of the week.
The district also set up times on Thursday and Friday for students at Copperas Cove High School and S.C. Lee Junior High School to retrieve any belongings they left at the schools when they were evacuated Tuesday.
As of Friday, police detained eight juveniles in connection with the bomb threats, and they continue to investigate.
The Cove district wasn’t the only district to review its safety procedures this week. The Killeen Independent School District reviewed its emergency plans and procedures with district staff and principals at a general staff meeting Thursday, spokeswoman Leslie Gilmore said.
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