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District expanding community engagement with podcast, video series

Coppell ISD Trustee Leigh Walker discusses improving community engagement during the livestream of the CISD Board meeting on Monday. The meeting addressed the district’s focus on new communication and updates with the podcast.

Trisha Atluri, Advertising/Circulation Manager

September 29, 2020

On Thursday, Coppell ISD launched the We Value podcast, available on all streaming services. New episodes will be released on the last Thursday of every month.  Each episode aims to share local examples of excellence in education. In this vein, the first two episodes include interviews with Execut...

New Zoom class video rules reigniting learning

On Sept. 1, Coppell High School Principal Laura Springer announced new Zoom video requirements. Coppell ISD students participating in both distance and in-person learning are required to join a Zoom for the first 15 minutes of class.

Blanche Harris, Social Media Manager

September 11, 2020

Imagine this. You are a teacher at Coppell High School, logging onto Zoom and getting ready for a full day of work. Your first class starts. A smatter of students have cameras on and are alert, while everyone else has the video setting off and are unresponsive for the duration of class.  This sc...

Board reveals new safety protocols in preparation for students on campus

During Monday evening’s Coppell ISD Board meeting, the district revealed new safety guidelines that will be followed once in-person school opens on Sept. 8. Richard J. Lee Elementary, Valley Ranch Elementary, Lakeside Elementary and Wilson Elementary received the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) student leadership award. Graphic by Sreeja Mudumby.

Avani Kashyap, Daily News/Assignment Editor

August 25, 2020

Once in-person school begins on Sept. 8, all Coppell ISD campuses will follow new health protocols to help protect against COVID-19. Prior to entering the building, all staff will be required to take a daily health screening survey. If any symptoms exist, the employees will not enter the building. ...

District’s 60th anniversary to be celebrated virtually

On Monday, the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees discussed the upcoming virtual Birthday Bash for CISD's 60th anniversary as well as various school closure updates due to COVID-19. All CISD schools are set to remain closed for the remainder of the school year.

Alishba Javaid, Staff writer

April 28, 2020

On Monday evening, the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees held its meeting virtually to discuss CISD celebrating its 60th anniversary by hosting a virtual birthday bash this Friday via Facebook live at 7 p.m. with activities such as sidewalk chalk messages, coloring pages, baking and working with local businesses/restau...

Board addresses COVID-19 impacts on tax revenues, curriculum

On Monday the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees discussed issues regarding revenue and savings due to COVID-19.  This meeting was held virtually due to Dallas County’s Shelter-at-home order.

Karen Lu, Daily News/Assignment Editor

April 10, 2020

On Monday night, the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees held a special meeting online. CISD chief financial officer Diana Sircar reviewed the budget planning process for the 2020-21 school year. The Tier One maximum tax rate, calculated by the Texas Education Agency, provides revenue for the district based on ...

Board of Trustees discusses COVID-19 school closure update

The Coppell ISD Board of Trustees met Monday night via Zoom video conferencing. The board discussed the plan moving forward in the coming weeks with campuses closed due to COVID-19.

Sarah Habib, Writer

March 26, 2020

On Monday night, the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees meet virtually to discuss updates and courses of action taken during CISD’s school closure due to COVID-19.  CISD Superintendent Dr. Brad Hunt reported recent cancellations and the decision on school holidays such as April 10 and April 13: Wea...

Grant’s retirement overlooks multiple financial, academic successes at board meeting

The resolution from the Texas House of Representatives is provided to the Trustees during State Representative Julie Johnson section of the Awards at the Coppell ISD Board Meeting on Monday at the Vonita White Administration Building. Monday’s meeting was unique in several ways, as the meeting occurred during Public Schools Week and the recognition of associate superintendent Sid Grant’s retirement was stated.

Meer Mahfuz, Staff Writer

February 26, 2020

Monday night, which marked the second board meeting of this year, was bittersweet for the Coppell community. The topics of TAPR (Texas Academic Performance Report), a Strategic Design update, a 2016 Bond Program update and reports of the December retesting for STAAR were all met with applause as thei...

Board approves new calendar for 2020-21, 2021-22 school years

Elementary teachers of Coppell ISD received their certificates for being campus Teachers of the Year during the CISD Board Meeting on Monday. New calendar for 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years was approved during the meeting.

Akhila Gunturu, Staff Writer

January 14, 2020

On Monday night, the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees discussed and adopted the new calendar for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years.  The calendar for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years, dubbed as Option 1 during the meeting, is similar to the 2019-20 calendar. School begins on Wednesday, Aug. 1...

Board meeting discusses the redefinition of success in school system

The Strategic Design Advocacy team presents a video during the Coppell ISD board meeting on Monday at the Vonita White Administration Building. The Coppell High School cross country teams and band were also recognized for their achievements.

Sapna Amin, Staff Writer

November 20, 2019

Monday evening at the Vonita White Administration Building, the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees came together and discussed the updates of the Strategic Design group. They are implementing new ideas to redefine what success means to the education system in Coppell. Representatives from the Strategic Design te...

Trustees provide glimpse into district’s future through project updates

The Coppell ISD Board of Trustees discussed issues and updates about school renovations, water leakage, and FIRST on Monday night. The CISD representatives meet at the Vonita White administration building for their board meeting on the fourth Monday of every month.

Victoria Hertel, Staff Writer

October 29, 2019

Tuesday evening at the Vonita White Administration Building, the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees met together to discuss the principles of the school district, recognize students and present a new platform for planning finances. At Denton Creek Elementary, 300 students and teachers gathered to experie...

District schools receives grade scores based on STAAR tests

New Tech High @ Coppell senior Sikyra Castle receives congratulations for being voted Distributive Educational Clubs of America state president at a Coppell ISD board meeting. CISD representatives met at their board meeting on Monday at the Vonita White Administration Building and congratulated Castle and accomplished trustees in addition to speaking about educational progression within schools.

Nicolas Reyes, Staff Writer

September 26, 2019

On Monday night, the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees was presented the data of the most recent State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) tests. The results of the assessments were used by the state to give every school in the district a letter grade in different categories. Overall, CIS...

Board Trustees approve CISD 2019-2020 budget and tax rate

Coppell High School seniors Shreyas Rajagopal and Het Desai are recognized for placing 13th in the National Speech and Debate Tournament in July during Monday’s Coppell ISD Board of Trustees meeting at the Vonita White Administration Building. The board also approved the 2019-20 CISD budget. Photo taken by Neveah Jones.

Laasya Achanta, Staff Writer

August 27, 2019

On Monday night, the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees approved the CISD 2019-20 budget and tax rate. Trustees voted to lower the district’s Maintenance and Tax Rate by $0.107 from last year and voted to lower the district’s 2019-20 Interest and Sinking Tax Rate by $0.0279. CISD’s tax rate also lower...