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Copperas Cove ISD Board of Trustees Jones aims to unseat Weiss from Place 2

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Posted: Sunday, October 21, 2012 4:30 am | Updated: 11:49 am, Wed Jul 16, 2014.

The Copperas Cove Independent School District will hold an election for two spots on its board of trustees.

Place 1 is occupied by trustee Inez Faison, who is running unopposed for re-election. She has served since 2007.

The board’s other seat up for election this year is Place 2, occupied by trustee Bob Weiss, who was first elected in 2003. His challenger is Copperas Cove resident, parent and first-time candidate, Cherise Jones.

The CCISD board oversees the management of the public schools in the district, levees and collects taxes, issues bonds, adopts the district’s annual budget, adopts district policy and is responsible for hiring the district’s superintendent, among other duties.

Bob Weiss

Age: 73, retired, former teacher and principal

What makes you qualified to serve?

I am qualified to serve as a trustee because I have 36 years of experience as a teacher and principal in Copperas Cove; a Master’s in Education Administration; nine years as a board member; two years as vice-president of the board; and over 100 hours of school board training. I will continue to use these experiences to guide me through the decision-making process needed to effectively and efficiently oversee the management of the school district. I am a strong advocate for the needs of students; therefore, I have no hidden agenda for any particular program.

What should be the district’s budget priority?

The district’s number one priority is the education of its students. All budget decisions should be made with that in mind. School board members have the responsibility to taxpayers, parents, community and students to budget money wisely. All programs should be continuously evaluated to ensure student progress as well as effective use of funds.

What is the biggest issue facing the district?

The biggest issue is the possibility of decreases of funding from both the federal and state governments. If the United States Congress fails to take appropriate action by Jan. 1, our district will lose over $1 million in federal funding next year and additional funding for the next ten years. Governor Perry has indicated his intention to cut education funding another 10 percent during the next legislative session. Having to make additional budget cuts without negatively affecting students is always challenging.

In what areas do you think the district needs to make the most improvement?

CCISD continues to make great strides even though funding is a constant challenge. Technology is one area in which the district will continue to make improvements that are appropriate for students going into the 21st century workforce. Another issue is finding solutions to problems generated by shifting enrollments due to the development of new housing additions.

Cherise Jones

Age: 42, Department of the Army civilian employee, support services specialist for U.S. Army Operational Test Command

What makes you qualified to serve?

I am a parent of two children who attended school in CCISD from elementary through high school and was active in different activities to include PTA, Principals Advisory Group, Junior Historians and the Pride of Cove Band and Guard Booster Club where I was elected/served as president for six years. I have volunteered with Boy Scouts, Religious Education at Holy Family and the Fort Hood Area Military Family Member Scholarship Fund. I understand the military family, as I am a veteran and a wife of a veteran who served 20 years. I have experience working with budgets in my current job and past work experiences.

What should be the district’s budget priority?

Ensuring we have the best and most up-to-date resources for our teachers to educate our children. Maintaining facilities and keeping up with ever changing technology.

What is the biggest issue facing the district?

The possibility of sequestration, which could impact the federal aid we receive as well as cuts in state funding. How do we maintain what we have and what we offer to students with minimal impact to education and programs offered in CCISD? Also, with such a large number of government civilian and contractor employees and possible draw down of military forces in the area, if they move to other areas for jobs how will that affect our enrollment numbers?

In what areas do you think the district needs to make the most improvement?

CCISD continues to make great strides even though funding is a constant challenge. Technology is one area in which the district will continue to make improvements that are appropriate for students going into the 21st century workforce. Another issue is finding solutions to problems generated by shifting enrollments due to the development of new housing additions.

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