Coupland School Bonds
On Nov. 5, Coupland Independent School District voters passed $5 million in bonds. This was the first bond proposal in the history of Coupland School. It passed with 124 (63.27%) voting for it and 72 (36.73%) voting against. Previously, the school was able to finance expansion of their facilities using careful management, operating funds, and a one-time grant from the state. However, expected population growth and increased security requirements resulted in the need for a bond election.
The school district plans to add three new standard classrooms and one new pre-kindergarten classroom. Existing portable buildings will be replaced with two standard and two specialty classrooms. Security features will be added, such as enclosed connecting corridors and a secure entrance. Parents have long wished for a new gym with a standard sized court; a new gym will be built as a separate building to the south of the current facility.
Superintendent Tammy Brinkman says, “The passage of this bond marks a significant investment in the future of Coupland ISD and ensures that our students will have a facility that supports learning in the safest environment possible. The Board of Trustees and I thank the community for your support and commit to being good stewards of your tax dollars as we move forward with design and construction.”
Kandice Samuelson, President of the school’s Board of Trustees, states, “The message is clear that our community and its citizens support the important work of our school to educate our children.”
Coupland Civic Organization President Susan Schmidt notes, “Coupland School continues to be an excellent place to get an education.”
Coupland Civic Organization (CCO) Held Halloween Trunk or Treat
On Saturday, Oct. 26, the CCO hosted its annual Trunk or Treat Halloween celebration. Held at 6 p.m. in front of St. Peter’s Church of Coupland, costumed residents decorated their vehicle trunks or the backs of SUVs and distributed candy to the trick or treaters. Jonathan Jones set up a ring toss game, and the firefighters brought a truck for the kids to play on. It was a beautiful evening—the kids enjoyed trick or treating, and parents enjoyed visiting with friends and neighbors. CCO President Susan Schmidt said, “This is such a fun event. I think the grownups enjoy dressing in costumes more than the kids.”
To keep up-to-date with Coupland events, please visit the Coupland Civic Organization Facebook page and the website www.couplandtx.org.
St. Peter’s Church of Coupland
St. Peter’s bi-monthly Senior Luncheon was Nov. 19.
The annual “Stuffing Stroll” will be held Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Day, at 9 a.m. The two-mile stroll around Coupland works off those Thanksgiving calories in advance. Following the stroll, donuts, orange juice and coffee will be served at the church.
Pastor Martin Garrison offers meditation on Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Tabitha Circle meets every fourth Tuesday, starting with a potluck meal.
Marking the beginning of Christmas services, the Children’s Christmas Program is Sunday, Dec. 15, at 10:15 a.m. The Christmas Cantata will be Sunday, Dec. 22, at 10:15 a.m. The Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m.
For more information, follow St. Peter’s Church on Facebook and keep posted through their new website CouplandChurch.org.
New Sweden Lutheran Church
Marilyn Samuelson reports, “Thanksgiving service at New Sweden will be on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. Decorating the church for Christmas will be Saturday, Dec. 7, at 9 a.m.”
The annual St. Lucia presentation and Country Christmas Sing-along is Sunday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m. Samuelson says, “This year our Lucia will be Charlie Ortiz, daughter of Tracy and Pascual Ortiz, granddaughter of Donna Lundgren Snowden and the late Bubba Snowden and great-granddaughter of Charlie Lundgren and the late Elwanda McGee Lundgren.”
New Sweden’s Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be Dec. 24 at 7 p.m., and the Christmas morning (Julotta) Candlelight Service is at 7 a.m. Following the service, breakfast will be served in the Parish Hall. Game night will be on Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve.
Samuelson concludes, “Everyone is welcome to all services and events at New Sweden Lutheran Church.”
Hermann Sons Life Coupland To Host Christmas Party
Hermann Sons Life (HSL) Coupland will hold its Christmas Party on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m., at the Coupland Fire Hall meeting room. HSL will provide sandwiches, cookies, and drinks. Members are asked to bring chips, dips or other appetizers. Bring a $10 gift if you wish to participate in the gift exchange.
Special guests will be Coupland’s volunteer firefighters. HSL will present a check to them from the lodge’s recent fundraiser. Please RSVP to Lena Ging at 512-468-0072, Charlotte at 512-924-3335 or Glenda Gebert at 512-304-5719.
Coupland’s Jennifer Klanika Wins Photography Awards
Coupland photographer Jennifer Klanika recently won two awards for her image, “Boys Will Be Boys,” which won Honorable Mentions in the Professional Divisions in both the “Children’s” and “Cell Phone” categories in the 14th Julia Margaret Cameron Awards. Klanika says, “This is the first time I have competed in this competition. My image will be on display during March 2020 in the FotoNostrum Gallery in Barcelona, Spain.”
The image features her son Thomas, their late dog Nanook, and a yellow chicken that was one of Thomas’s favorites.
Coupland Water Supply Corporation Held Board Meeting in November
The Coupland Water Supply Corporation Board of Directors held their regular meeting on Nov. 4 in the Coupland Fire Hall. The directors received the Treasurer’s Report. Then, several topics were discussed, including transfer and tap fees, breather pipe correction on Herrin Street, gravel repairs at plant and lift stations, equipment repairs at plant and lift stations, recent TCEQ communications, and website update. The next regular meeting of the board will be Feb. 4.