- November School Board Meeting – Summary

To: Covington Community School Corporation School – Community Stakeholders
Fr: Kevin Smith, Superintendent

Re: CCSC and CTA Reach Collective Bargaining Agreement for 2018 – 2019

During a regular session school board meeting Monday, November 12, 2018, the Covington Community School Corporation board reached an agreement with the Covington Teachers Association on a contract for the 2018 – 2019 School Year. The agreement will include the adoption of a new compensation model for classroom instructors, with experienced instructors receiving a minimum base pay increase of $400 during the transition period to the model. Further, classroom teachers will receive additional monies through an agreed to stipend. Another component of the agreement includes increased contributions, by the school corporation, towards employee health insurance premiums.

In other business, the school board received an update on the progress made with the facility study currently underway. Dale Wagner, of Gibraltar Design, Scott Steftenagel, and Angela Burton, of The Steftenagel Group reviewed preliminary results of their due diligence. The information focused on an initial road map for areas the school corporation should consider when putting together facility enhancement strategies.

“The board appreciates the work being done by Gibraltar Design and the Steftenagel Group,” noted CCSC superintendent Kevin Smith. “This is an important time for Covington Community School Corporation, as we are being presented with a tremendous opportunity to invest in the infrastructure of our buildings to ensure a safe and secure learning environment is maintained for the children of Covington. There is much work ahead of us, but the board and I are pleased with where we at in the planning process.”

Members of the Covington Lady Trojan Regional Championship volleyball team were recognized for their accomplishments at the outset of the November 12 meeting. Coach Jen Sutherlin presented the roster of players to the board. The board expressed their appreciation for the manner in which the ladies represented the true spirit of competition and sportsmanship, as well as the values promoted within and around Covington.

In personnel matters, the board approved the addition of a freshman girls basketball coach to the 2018 – 2019 Extra – Curricular roster of positions. With this, the staff structure of the girls staff is now aligned with that of the boys basketball staff.

“There are 21 ladies out for the girls basketball team this winter, 10 of which are freshmen,” Smith stated. “With this amount of interest, the board felt it prudent to add the position in an effort to provide our student – athletes with the instructional opportunities they deserve. The move also allows us to better align our coaching rosters with the requirements of Title IX.”

Concerning the district office project, the board received a final design from constructional manager Randy Grubbs during the November 12 session. Mr. Grubbs reviewed the layout, which includes a 1400 square foot board room and a 2300 square foot district office, addressing questions from the board. The CCSC school board authorized moving forward with the construction of the final design.

In conjunction, the board reviewed proposals for the demolition of the old district office building, accepting the bid of Campbell’s Excavating at a cost of $17,900. A total of four (4) bids were received, with the lowest bid being accepted. The demolition of the facility is targeted for December 2018, following the installation of an 8 foot high safety fence around the property.

Superintendent Kevin Smith provided the board with an update on the recently approved LED Lighting projects.
“Energy Harness is scheduled to be on-site the week of November 19, 2018, in order to install LED Lights at Covington Elementary School,” he noted. “The second project, which includes the high school, middle school, annex, and middle school gym, will be completed the week of December 3, 2018.”

In other business the Covington Community School Board received information and / or approved the following:

• Approved a request to provide $13,000 to the Covington music program for the purchase of new band uniforms.
• Named The Fountain Trust Company as CCSC Financial Depository, effective 2019.
• Approved the posting and publishing of CCSC’s intent to receive transportation bids for a two – year contract.
• Provided permission for Superintendent Kevin Smith and Treasurer Trudie Dillon to respond to the anticipated receipt of the 1782 Budget Notice.
• Approved a resolution authorizing the transfer of funds from the Education to the Operations Fund, January 1, 2019. This transfer resolution is a requirement of House Bill 1009.
• Approved 2019 Fall varsity athletic coaches for Boys Tennis, Volleyball, Cross Country, Football, and Soccer.
• Approved an out – of – district student transfer for the 2019 – 2020 school year.
• Approved policy updates related to the use of tobacco, field trips, and the use of handheld metal detectors.
• Approved the new transportation (bus driver) handbook and the 2018 – 2019 Teacher Evaluation Manual.
• Approved the cancellation of the 2017 Energy Savings Project.
• Received an update on the School Fiscal Indicators dashboard and process, which will be launched in early 2019 throughout the state of Indiana.
• Heard the next scheduled evening for Superintendent Open Office Hours is set for Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

The next scheduled meeting of the board of trustees is Monday, December 10, 2018. The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. to avoid conflicting with the winter music program, which will be held at 7:00 p.m. the same evening.

Thank you for your coverage of Covington Community School Corporation.

Kevin R. Smith

Covington Community School Corporation
601 Market Street
Covington, IN. 47932
Phone: 765-793-4877
Fax: 765-793-5209