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Texas Education Agency matches City funding to increase technology access in Copperas Cove ISD

Posted at 9:46 AM, Jan 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 10:47:34-05

COPPERAS COVE, TX — A grant from the Texas Education Agency, along with a community partnership, is assisting Copperas Cove ISD with its goal to give every student a computer device.

The City of Copperas Cove has allocated a total of $118,112.50 of its COVID-19 Relief Funds to facilitate remote learning in Cooperas Cove ISD.

Copperas Cove ISD applied for a matching grant from the Texas Education Agency resulting in $236,225 that the district used to purchase 865 laptops.

Copperas Cove Mayor Bradi Diaz said the city and the school district collaborated in several ways in the past but that it was even more important during the pandemic.

“It was such a rewarding and satisfying opportunity and experience to be able to make a difference in the lives of our young students during such uncertain and challenging times,” Diaz said.

CCISD Superintendent Joe Burns said the school district and the City enjoy a positive working relationship.

“In a community our size, it is imperative for entities to engage in relationships to leverage limited resources to meet community needs. Currently, the school district and city share a number of facilities such as ballfields, stadiums, auditoriums, and gymnasiums in order to provide our community with resources for a variety of events that enhance the quality of life for our students and community members,” Burns said. “In addition, we partner with the Copperas Cove Police Department to provide school resource officers who serve the eleven campuses within CCISD to ensure the safety of students and staff.

“In our latest joint endeavor, the City of Copperas Cove and Copperas Cove ISD joined ranks to expand the ability of CCISD students to have access to the technological devices needed for virtual learning.”