COPPERAS COVE — The Copperas Cove Independent School District Board Trustees on Tuesday approved purchases for about $681,000 worth of computer software and equipment.

“We have several items, since it is the beginning of the school year, items that are over $25,000,” Cove ISD School Board President Joan Manning said, introducing a measure to approve the purchases.

When items cost the district more than $25,000, the board has to

approve their purchase.

Making up about $428,000 of the purchase orders were four 77-passenger school buses and one Ford-450, 30-passenger bus.

The district will purchase about three to four school buses a year, Deputy Superintendent Richard Kirkpatrick said Tuesday. But the district is behind on its vehicle purchases since there was a budget freeze in fiscal year 2012.

“We have them on a replacement schedule,” Kirkpatrick said.

With the purchase approved, the district is set to receive the 30-passenger bus by October or November.

The 77-passenger vehicles will be in the district about March.

Once the buses arrive at the district, they will be ready to transport children to and from schools.

The district has more than 80 buses, with more than 85 bus drivers transporting students.

Contact Mason W. Canales at ​ or (254) 501-7474

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