CCISD board of trustees meets tonight
By BRITTANY FHOLER
The Copperas Cove Independent School District will be holding a public hearing on the utilization of Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief III (ESSER III) Funds starting at 6 p.m. tonight at the Board of Trustees Meeting Room in the District Services and Training Center at 408 S. Main St.
The district has the opportunity to apply for the grant funds to be used over the next three years and opened a survey online ending on June 1 for the public to provide input. The public hearing this evening is allowing for further public comment and providing more information on the district plans to utilize the funds.
The funds are to be used to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and to address student learning loss as a result of COVID-19.
The board will take action on a resolution regarding ESSER III and Policy CB (LOCAL), State and Federal Revenue Sources during its regular meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m., following the public hearing.
The board will also take action on selecting a new principal for Copperas Cove Junior High School.
The board will vote on approving a Wilson Language Training Professional Learning Service Agreement for $59,800. According to the agenda, the agreement will increase in-district support and training for Pre-K-3rd grade teachers, and the agreement includes Professional Learning and materials.
The board will also approve Student Accident Insurance for a cost of $49,060.52 with Health Special Risk for 2021-22 student accident insurance through Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.
The board will also take action on the annual renewal of agreements with Central Texas College for the 2021-2022 School Year for the Dual Credit Agreement for Automotive Technology, College Prep Mathematics and College Prep English Language Arts, and Dual Credit Agreement for EMT.
The board will also take action on board travel to Ideal Impact Aid related meetings and events.
CCISD received $4,835,839.18 in Ideal Impact Aid funds in the 2020-2021 school year. Each year, board members travel to meetings where they can keep track of events and legislative proposals that would have an effect on Impact Aid funding.
For the 2021-2022 school year, the list includes the NAFIS Fall Conference in Washington, D.C. in September 2021, the OASIS Conference in Tulsa in December 2021, the TAFIS Board Meeting in San Antonio in December 2021 and the NAFIS Spring Conference in Washington, D.C. in March 2022. The financial impact is estimated to be $30,000 ($20,000 for Board members and $10,000 for staff.)
The board will also take action on Legal Services Contracts for the 2021-2022 school year. CCISD retains the services of three individual law firms throughout the year: Powell Law Group, LLP; Walsh, Gallegos, Treviño, Kyle & Robinson PC; and Geneva Jones & Associates, PLLC.
The board will take action on the Superintendent’s Performance Evaluation through a formative conference and will also take action regarding the contract for the Superintendent of Schools.
Superintendent Joseph Burns’ current contract was implemented in January 2021 and is for 226 days per year through June 2026. The compensation win the current contract is for $183,340 per year.
The board will recognize retirees as well as other faculty/staff and students such as TEA Student Hero Romella Spitzer, who is a 4th grader at Williams/Ledger Elementary, and Martin Walker Elementary Parent Community Outreach Coordinator Susan McGuire, who is named the Fort Hood Outstanding School POC for this school year’s Adopt-A-School Awards.
The board will also recognize Martin Walker and the 91st Engineer Battalion for being awarded Fort Hood Adopted Partnership of the Year. Others to be recognized include the Copperas Cove High School All-American Cheerleaders and the Copperas Cove High School All-American Dancers from the Copperettes.