In 1985, Monette and Leachville consolidated to become Buffalo Island Central School District. Copeland was the sixth grade science teacher until the upper elementary departmentalized and at that time he became fourth grade, fifth grade and sixth grade science teacher.
For approximately 75 percent of the 30 years Copeland has taught, he has been the only male teacher in the building.
Several faculty members shared "memories" of his teaching career as they enjoyed a luncheon at La Cascada in Manila on Saturday, May 30. Dr. Kima Stewart read a book entitled "How You Know It's Time to Retire" and presented Mr. Copeland with parting gifts. A delicious cake made by Mechele Masner was served for dessert.