COPPERAS COVE — Voters going to the polls Nov. 6 will be asked to make a decision for one contested spot on the Copperas Cove Independent School District’s Board of Trustees.
This year, Places 1 and 2, occupied by Inez Faison and Bob Weiss, are up for re-election.
While no other candidates filed to run against Faison, Weiss’ spot is being challenged by Cherise Jones, a parent and Cove resident.
Weiss, who has 36 years of education experience in the district and has served as a member of the Cove ISD board for nine years, has cited that experience as a reason voters should re-elect him and said he wants to continue his work on the board.
“We have an excellent board and we work well together,” he said. “The education of our kids is important, and I’m honored to be a part of that.”
Weiss said the issues of state and local funding would likely be an important discussion this year.
“You never really know what the legislators are going to do,” said Weiss, referring to both the potential for cuts to funding from state lawmakers, and possible cuts to federal funds as a result of sequestration. “We are going to have to meet with our representatives and continue to be involved with organizations that can help us work with those legislators at the state and national levels.”
Jones, who is employed as a support services specialist with the U.S. Army Operational Test Command, is concerned about the effect of sequestration.
“I do worry about how those cuts impact our district,” Jones said. “We need to make sure that we are supporting teachers and students.”
Jones, whose daughter is a recent graduate of Copperas Cove High School, said she decided to run to become more involved in her community. As a board member, she said she would work to ensure the district met the needs of all students, from those in Advanced Placement and honors classes, to those struggling academically or with special needs.
“I think Cove has a good history of taking care of its students and teachers,” she said. “We need to make sure we are able to give them what they need.”