- December Board Meeting Summary

During a regular session school board meeting Monday, December 10, 2018, the Covington Community School Corporation board received an update from a student leadership team from Covington High School, regarding the groups work to earn the status as a Unified School. The students have engaged in the IHSAA’s “Champions Together” initiative, in conjunction with Indiana Special Olympics.

“The Champions Together program was launched five years ago by IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox, in an effort to provide servant leadership opportunities for our students, and student – athletes,” CCSC Superintendent Kevin Smith noted. “It is a wonderful program that has grown rapidly throughout the state. The board, building administration, and I are proud of our students for taking up the initiative at CHS.”

To earn the designation as a Unified School, four activities must be completed by the student leadership team, including the formation of an inclusive student leadership team, which must lead all activities associated with Champions Together; conducting a “Whole School Engagement”, such as a school wide assembly; participating in one Unified Sports activity, such as track and field; and fundraising, with all funds going to Special Olympics Indiana.

The CHS team has identified a strategy, which will allow for the four requirements to be met during the 2018 – 2019 school year.

In other business, the school board received information regarding the 2018 Indiana State School Accountability grade for CCSC schools from Superintendent Kevin Smith. For 2018, Covington Community School Corporation was rated as a “B”, with the Covington Elementary School earning an “A” status, Covington Middle School a “B”, and Covington High School a “B”.

“While the 2018 accountability results are an indication of the focused and committed efforts of our educational team, with a number of positive indicators, opportunities to improve exist within each educational facility,” commented Smith. “This year’s accountability results solidify that our building leaders are working on the right things.”

Covington High School Principal Phil Cunningham, presented the school’s strategy to meet the new Indiana Graduation Pathways requirements.

“The new pathways will move education away from a one-size-fits-all approach,” Cunningham noted. “Our students will have multiple options to graduate that align with their interests, abilities, and career goals.”

The board approved a proposal to implement salary scales for non-certified, hourly, employees that serve the school corporation as a custodian, instructional aide, and food services employee. The approved scales are aligned to employee years of experience with CCSC.

Further, the board approved salary increase proposals for non-certified staff, hourly and salaried, during the meeting. Salary increases for building principals were also approved for 2018 – 2019 at the December session.

Superintendent Kevin Smith informed the board that the school corporation had received final guidance from the state of Indiana on the 2019 budget. The CCSC budget was approved with a slight increase to funding, as compared to 2018.

“Basically the approved 2019 budget is flat, with only a .5% difference in year – over – year comparison to 2018,” the superintendent said. “Now, we go to work to ensure the responsible and effective execution of the budget.”

Concerning the district office project, an initial timeline for the start and completion of the project has been created, with the period of January 22, 2019 – September 10, 2019 serving as the window for construction to occur. Preliminary layouts for a design development package will be presented during the weekly project meeting on December 14, 2018.

The school board also approved the 2019 – 2020 school calendar, with an opportunity to modify it during the second semester. A decision to adjust the adopted schedule will be based off of the strategic alignment for the effective deployment of E – Learning Days, in lieu of the use of Flex/Make – up Days.

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

• Learned the LED Lighting projects have been delayed, with the completion expected to occur the week of December 17, 2018.
• Learned of a grant award by the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, to Covington Middle School.
• Learned the costs for property, liability, and risk insurance will rise by 12.2% in 2019 due in industry cost increases in the areas of property exposure, automotive exposure, and pollution liability coverage.
• Approved the renewal for liability insurance as a member of the ESCRFT consortium.
• Received news that a new copier lease has been agreed to with Indiana Business Equipment, which is projected to save the corporation $5,542, annually, over the current agreement.
• Approved the resignation of Brittany Ziegler as an instructional aide.
• Approved the hiring of Donna Peffley as an instructional aide, as well as two volunteer assistant baseball coaches for the 2019 season.
• Approved the promotion of corporation treasurer Trudie Dillon to the position of business manager.
• Approved a resolution allowing the establishment of a construction fund for the financial management of the re-modeling project at the automotive facility, located on 2nd street, in Covington.
• Approved three additional resolutions, related to House Enrolled Act 1009, to ensure the required transfer of funds occur on January 1, 2019.
• Approved the 2018 – 2019 CCSC School Improvement Plan.
• Approved an addendum to the Covington High School Student Handbook, which provides guidelines for student behavior at school sponsored dances, including prom.
• Approved the corporation treasurer be permitted to make end of the year intra-fund transfers, as needed.
• Approved a proposal to add nine (9) Key Fob access points to entries at the high school, middle school, and elementary school.
• Learned that the purchase of the 602 Market Street property had been completed.
• Received information on the new operational schedules, beginning January 2, 2019, within the educational facilities.
• Approved claim requests, which included debt service payments for GO Bonds of 2008, 2014, and 2017;

The next scheduled meeting of the board of trustees is Monday, January 14, 2019. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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