By Holly Wise

Killeen Daily Herald

COPPERAS COVE - Despite questions looming over the state's and school districts' budgets, people at the 2011 Copperas Cove ISD Communitywide Luncheon heard positive news.

House Creek Elementary School, the district's seventh elementary school still under construction, was paid for in cash, CCISD Superintendent Rose Cameron said.

"CCISD was able to pay cash for this building," she said, generating applause from those gathered at the Copperas Cove Civic Center.

House Creek Elementary School's cost is more than $15 million, not including furnishings or personnel, she added.

Cameron said the district has been governed by a vision that "you can't spend every dime you get," which has resulted in the ability to build a new school without asking to raise taxes.

"It's going to be a great addition to CCISD," she said.

Cameron reviewed the district's new mission statement, vision and goals as well as provided a review of the year's enrollment, Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills testing results and the current state of the budget.

Cameron said she's been "under fire" for not having a lot to say about the $5 million shortfall that could be facing the district.

"Right now, we don't know what to say because the state hasn't given us a clear answer," she said. "I will tell you this: Whatever they throw at us, we're going to field and we're going to make it work in our district."

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