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KLOMP, a music and percussion group from Williams/Ledger Elementary School, performs Friday during the Copperas Cove Independent School District luncheon.

COPPERAS COVE — Residents braved the wind and rain Friday to attend an annual community luncheon for the Copperas Cove Independent School District.

The lunch at the Copperas Cove Civic Center was a chance for parents, students, taxpayers and other district stakeholders to learn about the district’s accomplishments, and its plans for future school years.

“We’re very proud of what is going on in the school district, and that’s something we want to showcase today,” said Bob Weiss, vice president of the CCISD Board of Trustees.

Special guests at Friday’s luncheon included the Copperas Cove High School Chorale and KLOMP, a music and percussion group from the Williams/Ledger Elementary School. Representatives from Fort Hood included garrison commander Col. Matt Elledge, who praised the district’s service to its military connected children.

“The Copperas Cove district has been an incredible partner,” he said.

In addition to the performances and the food, the highlight of the annual luncheon is a “State of the District” address by the superintendent. Joseph Burns thanked the community for its involvement in the district, and outlined the achievements of the district’s staff and students for the current school year.

“We have a number of areas where our students have done well,” Burns said. “Our kids are doing an exceptional job.”

Burns also stressed attempts by schools in the district to reach out and participate in improving the community; those included fundraisers, blood drives and meet-and-greet events that allow community members and parents to interact with school staff.

“We really want (students) to be great neighbors,” Burns said.

Looking to the future, Burns said the district would continue to look for ways to get students involved in the community. The district also wants to expand technology for students. Burns said CCISD plans to expand wireless Internet capabilities at Copperas Cove High School and its junior high schools next year, and eventually extend it to elementary schools.

Burns said the district also plans to expand and enhance career opportunities for students, including creating a new career and technology school at its Crossroads High School campus.

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

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