CCLP/DAVID J. HARDIN - Brenda Graley is retiring after 44 years as a teacher, 40 of those with CCISD. She received an honor from the Board of Trustees during their meeting June 14.

CCISD trustees recognize students and retiring teachers

Cove Leader-Press
Tuesday night’s meeting of the Copperas Cove Independent School Board of Trustees had a smaller agenda than normal but was a chance to recognize students and several teachers who retiring from CCISD.
During the beginning of the meeting recognitions were handed out to Cadet First Sergeant Truman Kilpatrick for his extensive leadership of the CCHS JROTC Program, and Cadet First Lieutenant Donovan Ritchie for helping provide stories and pictures to CCISD for all of the events and activities of the JROTC at CCHS.
Student council programs at Martin Walker Elementary School, Clements Parsons Elementary School, and Williams Ledger Elementary school were recognized for receiving the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Student Council Excellence Award, which was also given to 139 other schools in Texas.
The district also gave out its Newsmaker awards for its Campus Communication Liaisons to incldlude Alicia Pelkey, for S.C. Lee Junior High, Clements Parsons Elementary, Hettie Halstead Elementary; Natalie Marshall, Copperas Cove High School; Stacy Bradley, Copperas Cove Junior High School; Sabrina Rivera, House Creek Elementary; July Kelly, Fairview Jewell Elementary; Brandy Petty, Mae Stevens Early Learning Academy; Sharon Whitis, Crossroads High School; Joanna Henry, Martin Walker Elementary: Edith Natividad, Williams Ledger Elementary.
Among the district’s retirees this year are Brenda Graley, Texie Sage, Cynthia Hutcherson, Barbara Considine, Sheri Wilson, Elizabeth Dunklin, Belinda Juarez, Judy Watson, Jay Hanson, Diana Gunnels, Anna Watson, Archie Franks, Ana Delanoy, Lynn Kelly, Dewitt Wyatt, Lyndal McCulley Rhonda Schultze, Jerry King, Kim Makosky, Ernestine Zschiesche, Judy Wild, and Michael Zschiesche.
“This is bittersweet, because we get to celebrate, say thank you, and say so long—not goodbye—to our retiring teachers and staff,” said CCISD superintendent Joe Burns addressed.
The CCISD Board of Trustees approved the hiring of Antonio “Tony” Chapa for the position of Director of Music/Head Band Director CCISD.
Chapa was recommended unanimously by the selection committee made up of Burns, the principals from S.C. Lee and Copperas Cove Junior High Schools and Copperas Cove High School, one parent and one board member. The committee looked at several individuals but in the end they chose Chapa, Previously Chapa served as the assistant band director under Andrew Nixon, and with Nixon’s passing, the board of trustees approved the hiring of Chapa to this position.
“I’m grateful for being chosen for this job, and it is a great honor to be able to work with so many talented musicians at Copperas Cove High School,” said Chapa.
The Trustees approved the addition of courses Video Game Design II & III, and Robotics and Automation for grades 9-12. These additions are for the 2016-2017 academic school year curriculum.
According to Russell Porterfield, Director of Career and College Readiness, “These new courses will help prepare students for a career in robotics and video game design, and will give them hands on experience that will be vital to them in the future.” The Board of Trustees discussed and approved the following:
■ A payment of $34,800 to Schoology Inc. for the annual subscription of the Schoology Learning Management System.
■ $82,900 for the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD). The Board of trustees were given a multi-page proposal for Building Teacher Capacity for Success: A Collaborative Approach for Teachers, Coaches, and School Leaders. This proposal is for a one year partnership between CCISD and ASCD, to include professional development, training, and campus support and guidance. These expenditures come from $117,700 of budgeted funds.
■ An out-of-state trip for the HOSA National Conference June 21-26 in Nashville, Tenn. The trip will cost $6,000 and funds for this trip come from AYPYN funds and the HOSA Club Funds
■ Approved the evaluation for the Superintendent.
■ Authorized the CCISD Superintendent to enter into a contract with the contractor who provides the best value for the method of rehabilitation of the high school parking lots, renovations to the agriculture facility
■ Authorized an Interlocal agreement with the Central Texas Purchasing Alliance.
■ approved legal services contracts to Powell & Leon L.L.P. for $500 and $1,000 to Walsh, Gallegos, Trevino, Russo & Kyle P.C. These agreements are retainers in the event CCISD needs legal representation during the course of the 2016-2017 school year. The $1,500 comes from the budget funds.
■ Approved 2016-2017 Impact Aid travel


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