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 August 2020 Special Session School Board Meeting Information

To: Students, Parents, Staff, and School – Community Members; Media
Fr: Kevin Smith, Superintendent
Re: August 2020 Special Session School Board Meeting Information

The Covington Community School Corporation School Board met for a special session meeting on Thursday, August 6, 2020. The meeting was conducted in alignment with social distancing guidelines.

The meeting was called to allow the board to receive an update on the school corporation’s status for re-opening schools.

During the session the board heard reports on the status of the school corporation’s:
 Health and Safety Protocol from Ms. Kelli Pinkerton, Nurse;
 Supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Sanitization Materials from Mr. Mike Howard, Director of Operations;
 Ability to meet Social Distancing Guidance in the Educational Facilities from the Building Leaders, Ms. Alison Karrfalt, Ms. Michelle Beck, and Mr. Ryan Sowers;
 Distance Learning Programming from Ms. Michelle Beck and Ms. Alison Karrfalt;
 Employee Training Plan for COVID-19 Related Items from the building leaders and director of operations;
 Requirements to Provide Accommodations for the Respective Student from Ms. Jill Coffing, Wabash River Special Services Cooperative Director; and
 Execution of the Athletic Re-entry Plan.

Each member of the school board expressed their appreciation for the work being done by the building leadership, nurses, maintenance team, educators, and support staff to prepare for the new school year.

“While the board and school corporation team recognize much uncertainty awaits, we are fully committed to re-open our schools this year in order to best serve our children,” CCSC superintendent Kevin Smith stated. “As each member of the board stressed, in order to be successful, it is going to take everyone – students, staff, parents, and school – community stakeholders – working together that will give us the best opportunity to sustain the opening of the buildings. It goes without saying that we are now in a “Day – to – Day” and “Moment – to – Moment” monitoring mode as we move towards the August 13 start date and beyond.”

Additionally, the board:
 Approved the following ECA hires:
o Hunter Morockiewicz, Volunteer Football Coach
o James Foley, Volunteer Soccer Coach
o Tracy McBride, Middle School Cheerleading Coach
o Rachel Cotten, CHS Mentor
o Ryan Sowers, CHS Mentor
 Accepted the following resignations:
o Kenzie Brazas, Freshman Volleyball Coach
o Laura Bell, Bus Driver
 Accepted the retirement of Ms. Judy Gee.
 Approved the transfer of two out – of – district students for the elementary school.
 Received an update on facility improvement projects currently underway within the school corporation:
o Completion of the 7th Street sidewalk is expected prior to the start of school.
o The replacement of the elementary school front canopy will begin during the week of September 14, 2020.
o The installation of the middle school security vestibule has been delayed until the end of August or first of September due to manufacturing delays.
o The classroom renovation work is progressing on schedule, with the delivery of VUV’s (Vertical Unit Ventilators) scheduled for early September.
 Authorized the superintendent to advertise the 2021 Budget.

The next scheduled meeting of the board of trustees is Monday, August 17, 2020. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Thank you for your support of our children and of the Covington School – Community.

Kevin R. Smith

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Covington Community School Corporation
601 Market Street
Covington, IN. 47932
  (Phone) 765-793-4877
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1017 6th Street
Covington, IN. 47932
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514 Railroad Street
Covington, IN. 47932
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Covington, IN. 47932
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