Upcoming Events
  • Have a great summer, Coppell! Publishing resumes Aug. 14
The official student news site of Coppell High School

Coppell Student Media

The official student news site of Coppell High School

Coppell Student Media

The official student news site of Coppell High School

Coppell Student Media

Business Spectacle: Lilys Hair Studio (video)
Business Spectacle: Lily's Hair Studio (video)
October 26, 2023

CISD teachers, staff given 3% raise for upcoming school year

Board discusses budget plans for district savings
Emmalee Jittasupo
Dr. Greg Axelson (center) is celebrated as the new CHS9 principal during the Coppell ISD School Board meeting. Dr. Axelson is accompanied by CHS9 faculty at Coppell Middle School West.

On Monday night, the Coppell ISD School Board congratulated Dr. Greg Axelson for his upcoming role as the new CHS9 principal for the 2024-25 school year and discussed his past experiences and qualifications as an educator. 

Axelson has served as the principal of Coppell Middle School North since 2017, with 16 years of teaching experience and 11 years as an administrator.

The new CMSN principal for the 2024-25 school year has not yet been announced.

“I am very grateful for the six years that I’ve had with North and I learned so much from the teachers and staff there,” Axelson said. “I’m very excited and very honored to join the CHS9 family and to continue the great community that is with me here tonight.”

Along with his many years of experience in education, Axelson’s dedication to students highlights his capabilities in forming a valuable community.

“I think you’re perfect for this job,” Coppell ISD Board of Trustees member Leigh Walker said. “As a parent, I thank you because it just speaks to your ability to build those strong relationships with students and staff members.”

The district emphasized the importance of community building and teamwork, participating in The Poverty Simulation, which provides an opportunity for people to experience the life of poverty as well as to engage with children and families undergoing financial hardship. Principals in Coppell participated in this program, collaborating with the community by dispersing knowledge and compassion. 

“We spent six different sessions with families working together by sharing their own knowledge and expertise on different topics like developing and leading teams,” coordinator of health services Joyce Alcorn said. “We have to be empathetic and to be able to look at the situations from a different perspective and figure out ways that our district can continue to help.”

By participating in the program, Coppell ISD aims to strengthen leadership and kindness throughout the community.

The board also announced the new hire breakfast on Aug. 1-2, consisting of guidelines and training regulations for future Coppell staff members. 

The budget reductions for the 2024-24 school year compensates only a 1% payroll fee, with a $6.5 million deficit. With inflation rising the prices of everyday necessities, Coppell ISD is impacted as its economy and budget is strained.

Despite this, the board approved a 3% raise for leaders and teachers in the district to compensate for their contribution to education and commitment to make a lasting impact.

To solve the economic situation, a budget plan was introduced, with a $5 million savings year in 2026. In addition to this, the district has been provided with grants from the state in order to stay afloat financially.

Follow @katiegpark and @CHSCampusNews on Twitter

Leave a Comment
More to Discover
About the Contributors
Katie Park
Katie Park, Staff Writer
Katie Park is a sophomore and a first year member of the Sidekick. In her spare time she enjoys sewing and designing her clothing. Continuing along the artistic front, Katie loves using acrylic paint to recreate/draw inspiration from Monet’s paintings. Katie is also a multi instrumentalist, and can play the piano, ukulele, and guitar. A song she loves to play on the piano is Clair de Lune, because it was featured on one of her favorite movies, Twilight. Besides the classical piece Clair de Lune, Katie’s favorite music artists are Laufey and Taylor swift. Her favorite song from Laufey is “Lovesick” and her most favorite Taylor Swift album is Red. Outside of the classroom, Katie finds entertainment in the novels she reads. Recently, Katie completed the ‘A Good Girl’s Guide To Murder’ series while she was in Taiwan this summer. Being of Taiwanese and Korean heritage, Katie explores different aspects of her culture by testing her spice levels regarding Korean food. In the future, Katie aspires to work in the medical field. Like many others, this inspiration arose from her watching of the medical drama series, “Grey’s Anatomy.” She already has a jumpstart to her career this year-by taking both health science and medical terminology.
Emmalee Jittasupo
Emmalee Jittasupo, Staff Writer
Emmalee Jittasupo is a sophomore and a first-year staff writer on The Sidekick.

Comments (0)

All Coppell Student Media Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *