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 CCSC: Board of Education Vacancy

November 17, 2020

Note: Board of Education Vacancy

The Covington Community School Corporation Board of Education will have an opening, effective January 2021. The opening has been created due to a resignation. The individual selected to fill the remaining two years of the term must reside in Wabash Township.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and letter of interest explaining why they would like to serve on the Board. Please email materials to smithk@covington.k12.in.us. The Board will select and vote on the candidate to fill the open position.

Resumes and cover letters are due by the end of business on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. The appointment of the position is scheduled for January 2021.

 November 2020 School Board Meeting Information

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

The Covington Community School Corporation School Board met for their monthly meeting on Monday, November 16, 2020. The meeting was conducted in alignment with social distancing guidelines.

Prior to the start of the meeting Carolyn Lloyd, board president, provided her resignation from the board, effective December 31, 2020.

“After much prayer and consideration, I feel I have reached a point in my life when I can no longer give the time and effort required of a member of the school board,” Lloyd stated in her letter. “I am in need of having more time caring for my family. I have been humbled by the opportunity to serve as a school board member and have truly enjoyed my time working with the members of this board. I am proud of the things we have accomplished together and know the future of CCSC is in good hands.”

Lloyd has spent more than 41 years serving the school – community, including 31 as a classroom instructor. She has served as a board member for the past 10 years.

“The focused commitment to ensure our children receive the best – of – the – best education, Ms. Lloyd has provided the Covington school – community, has set the bar at a level that is unparalleled in service,” stated CCSC superintendent Kevin Smith. “She has helped lead the school corporation, successfully I might add, through a number of challenges during her time on the board. There is no question that her knowledge and experience as an educator will be missed. I congratulate her on all she has accomplished during 41 years of serving our school corporation and thank her for loving and caring for the children of the school – community.”

The meeting portion of the agenda was kicked off with a review of the data related to the COVID – 19 cases in and around the school corporation.

Data presented indicated that through Sunday, November 15, a total of 74 student and staff members had been impacted with a positive COVID-19 case during the fall semester. Of this, 14 (18.9%) have been identified as possible campus contact cases.

“During the past month, a number of discussions have been conducted with a focus on the school reentry protocol,” Smith

commented. “Input has been provided from our building leaders, nurses, parents, and school – community members. The information provided has been and will continue to be analyzed to identify opportunities to tweak our processes, with a focus on continuous improvement around the educational and instructional opportunities provided the children and staff. We will take the steps deemed appropriate as we work to provide rigorous education through the global pandemic.”

During the business portion of the agenda the board:

  • Approved the following hires:
    • Travis Brown, Boys Golf Coach
    • Scott Holycross, Baseball Coach
  • Travis Brown, Weight Room Supervision
    • Shaun Busick, Weight Room Supervision
    • Tyler Campbell, Weight Room Supervision
    • Shelby Pineda, Volunteer Swimming Coach
    • Tyler Campbell, Varsity Football Coach (2022)
    • Jennifer Sutherlin, Volleyball Coach
    • Terry Field, Boys Tennis Coach
    • Tyler Scott, Cross Country Coach
    • Angie Springer, Girls Golf Coach
    • Damon Hegg, 6th Grade Boys Basketball Coach
    • Brian Wright, 6th Grade Volunteer Boys Basketball Coach
    • Tyler Campbell, Assistant Wrestling Coach
    • Jodi Snyder, Title I Coordinator
    • Rachel Cotten, Dual Credit/AP Instructor
    • Terry Field, Dual Credit/AP Instructor
    • Damon Hegg, Dual Credit/AP Instructor
    • Craig Sowers, Dual Credit/AP Instructor
    • Scott Myers, Dual Credit/AP Instructor
    • Corey Smaltz, Dual Credit/AP Instructor
    • Chad Tanner, Dual Credit/AP Instructor
    • Dallas Peffley, Dual Credit/AP Instructor
    • Susan Smaltz, Champions Together Sponsor
    • Ryan Sowers, FCA Sponsor
    • Naomi Skinner, Contract Bus Driver
  • Accepted the following resignations:
    • Brendan Woolwine, CMS Instructional Aide
    • Garrett Reynolds, Assistant Wrestling Coach
  • Received the following project updates:
    • The WRCTE automotive facility construction project has been completed.
    • The second phase of classroom renovations is currently underway, with four rooms – two at the high school and two at the elementary school – being renovated.
    • Work on the remodeling of the front canopy of the elementary school has progressed and is nearing completion.
    • The athletic complex fencing replacement project has been completed, with work commencing to replace the playground fencing at the elementary school.
  • Agreed to restart the athletic complex restroom and locker room projects. Both projects had been placed on hold in the spring.
    • Request For Proposals will be conducted for the restroom project; and
    • Budgetary costing will be reviewed for the locker room remodeling project.
    • Randy Grubbs, River Group, was approved as the designer and project lead for the projects.
  • Learned that two contractors had expressed interest in response to the recently advertised bus transportation bid request.
    • An analysis of the submitted bids will be conducted.
  • Approved the recommended certified salary resolution, which allows the school corporation to proceed with the certified salary increases agreed to in the 2020 – 2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement.
  • Approved a continued school functioning resolution, focused on ensuring the safety and well-being, as well as, the continuation of school corporation business during the COVID-19 pandemic and public emergency, through the end of the school year.
  • Approved an appropriations reduction request for the school corporation operations fund.
  • Heard that the DLGF 1782 Notice, as related to the 2021 Budget, had been received. The school corporation has until November 30, 2020 to respond to the notice.
  • Was informed the new student and instructor Chromebook devices, procured with GEER grant funds, have arrived. The grant will also fund the purchase of replacement desktops for school corporation instructors.
  • Learned that the calendar committee will be meeting in the near future in order to discuss options for the 2022 – 2023 school calendar.
  • Received comments and questions from those in attendance regarding the school reentry protocol, with areas discussed including the following:
    • Interest in reducing the length and impact of quarantine and isolation periods; and
    • The approach being used for individuals who have tested positive, when exposed to the COVID-19 virus.
  • Was informed the upcoming Thanksgiving break will be from Wednesday, November 25 – Friday, November 27, 2020.

The next scheduled meeting of the board of trustees is set for Monday, December 14, 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 Superintendent

 November Regular Session Board Meeting Agenda

November Regular Session Board Meeting Agenda
– Mon November 16th, 2020
– 6:30pm – 8:00pm EST
– Covington Elementary School Conference Room 1110 7th Street, Covington, Indiana 47932
– School Board, CCSC Administration

The regular session meeting of the Covington Community School Corporation Board – of – Trustees will be held on Monday, November 16, 2020, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

  1. Call To Order
  2. Approval of Agenda
  3. Educational Excellence
  4. Consent and Approvals
    a. Review and Approve Minutes
    b. Review and Approval of Claim Dockets
    c. Consideration of Human Resources
    i. New Hires
    ii. Retirements
    iii. Resignations
    iv. Professional Leave
    d. Review and Approval of Travel Requests
    i. Field Trips
    ii. Staff Development
  5. District Project and Business Updates
    a. Administration
    b. Finance/Business
    c. Curriculum (Technology)
    d. Buildings and Grounds
    e. Transportation
    f. Projects
    g. Other
  6. New Business
    a. Administration
    b. Finance/Business
    c. Curriculum (Technology)
    d. Buildings and Grounds
    e. Transportation
    f. Other
  7. Comments, Announcements, and Other Business
    a. Public Comments
    b. Superintendent Report Out
    i. Pathfinding
    ii. Aligning
    iii. Empowering
    iv. Modeling
    c. Dates – of – Interest
    i. Thanksgiving Break – November 25 – 27, 2020
    ii. Next Board Meeting – December 14, 2020
    iii. End Semester 1 – December 22, 2020
    iv. Winter Break – December 23, 2020 – January 5, 2021

v. Begin Semester 2 – January 6, 2021
d. Board Comments

  1. Adjournment
  2. The Covington Community School Corporation Board – of –
    Trustees will have an Executive Session Board Meeting for
    Monday, November 16, 2020, immediately following the
    regularly scheduled session in order to discuss the
    following:
    a. IC 5-14-1.5-6.1 (b) (3) Assessment, Design, and Implementation of School
    Safety and Security Measures, Plans, and Systems.
 Collective Bargaining Agreement Ratification Meeting Agenda

Collective Bargaining Agreement Ratification Meeting Agenda

– Mon November 9th, 2020
– 6:00pm – 6:30pm EST
– Covington Elementary School Conference Room 1110 7th Street, Covington, Indiana 47932

The Covington Community School Corporation School Board will meet to consider ratification of the 2020 – 2021 Collective Bargaining Agreement.

  1. Call To Order
  2. Public Comment on 2020 – 2021 CBA Ratification
  3. 2020 – 2021 CBA Ratification
  4. Adjournment
 CHS 1st Qtr Honor Roll

COVINGTON HIGH SCHOOL – 1st QUARTER

DISTINGUISHED HONOR ROLL
9th Grade – Zoey Anderson, Lauren Bealer, Danielle Berger, Drew Busick, Tyra Hammer, Marlet Hernandez-Sanchez, Emma Holycross, Brian Karrfalt, Davison McCarty, Aiden Miller, Alexandria Scarlett, Nicket Shah, Rosemary Stump

10th Grade – Kavan Fye, Jackson Kindell, Conlan Moore, Evan Norton, Kaleb Parkhurst, Ty Smaltz

11th Grade – Abigail Bealer, Emily Bonner, Andrew Boyd, Tyleigh Cates, Karsyn Engle, Jayma Girdler, Bernadette Goeppner, Haley Harmeson, Hailynn Herzog, Eliza Holycross, Holly Linville, Briley Peyton, Cora Reynolds, Calvin Springer, Emma Taylor, Grace Wright

12th Grade – Abbi Allen, Katelyn Duncan, Brydan Gaskill, Daisy Goeppner, Jacob Holycross, Emily Jean, Erykah Lasley, Kole McLellan, Erin Reynolds, Kenzie Richardson, Jessalynn Simpkins, Sarah Smaltz, Keragan Townsend, Hallee Wooster

HONOR ROLL
9th Grade – Andrew Bechtold, Shelby Bennett, Wyatt Carter, Trinity Cope, Hannah Crowder, Harlee Daniels, Avery Durant, Lilly Hacquet, Kaedeyn Lawson, Ben Lewis, Reis Lewsader, Alexis Lloyd, Levin Marcinko, Braden Morgan, Briel Richardson, Greta Smith, Shea Spicer, Cate Stalcup, Kobe Townsend

10th Grade – Erica Estes, Nick Ferati, Jackson Frieze, Dane Gerling, Halle Grady, Lauryn Kempen, Quinton Lancaster, Ashlynn Livengood, Isabella Lynch, Zachary McConnell, Myles Potter, Luke Stewart, Micah Stonecipher, Lauren Vale, Ethan Wise, Ethan Witwer

11th Grade – Mackenzie Cope, Amber Cruser, Faith Daniels, Ethan Dixon, Grace Glidewell, Alex Hicks, Emily Holycross, Hannah Hunter, Vivian Jacobs, Sierra Krepton, Chloe Martin, Zoie Martin, Mason McPherson-Duprey, Aimee Pickel, Grace Russell, Peyt Shumaker, Nate Sly, Jack Stewart, Savion Waddell, Elizabeth Walters, Taylor Woodard, Katie Woodrow

12th Grade – Kiersten Anderson, Elijah Batley, Benton Berger, Alex Black, Morgan Dexter, Brandon Glover, Sydney Gonzalez, Asa Hohenstein, John Kiger, Brice LaMeau, Jesee Lawson, Rico Mandolini, Logan Pinkerton, Lillian Ramirez, William Royce, Isabel Seldomridge, Aubrey Stonecipher

 Middle School Honor Roll

Covington Middle School Honor Roll – 1st Quarter
6th Grade – Distinguished
Breanna Batley
Reagan Bealer
Beau Bishop
Lillian Cook
Allie Hunt
Gabrielle Lewis
Connor Maertens
Dylan McLain
Emma Poll
Brooke Rottmann
Ava Stein
Nathanael Webster
Chloe Whittington
Adaline Winn
Andrew Wright

6th Grade – Honor Roll
Aaron Asbury
Emma Cales
Naomi DeRosier
Karlee Drollinger
Gavin Guthrie
Jasmine Hernandez
Alainee Hoaks
Ridley Keele
Creux Rieman
Kaden Smith
Zachary Stump
Deven Wise
Grace Young

Covington Middle School Honor Roll – 1st Quarter
7th Grade – Distinguished
Jalyn Allen
Rhyane Beck
Lydia Bennett
Asher Cadman
Andrea Estes
Makiah Glidewell
Lucas Hauck
Luke Holycross
Clyde Keller
Hope Smaltz
Gwyndelyn Story

7th Grade – Honor Roll
Cadence Clausen
Maya Clemence
Bayleigh Daniels
Amber Drummond
Seth Ellmore
Julianna Girdler
Landon Herzog
Tyler Kindell
Jayleigh LaGue
Sydney McCullough
Glennys McGurk
Amelia Nix
Kailey Pettit
Kynley Powell
Hannah Shank
Keira Smith
Benjamin Stewart

Covington Middle School Honor Roll – 1st Quarter
8th Grade – Distinguished
Savannah Bishop
Kennedie Cadman
Sydni Crain
Landon Hardy
Haley Holycross
Summer Krepton
Angel Krout
Haley Nichols
Emma Wade
Kelly Yang

8th Grade – Honor Roll
Peyton Brown
Jacob Bugle
Bennett Christoff
Westin Coffing
Erica Critser
Kyla Culotti
Brookelyn DeZarn
Kathryn Drollinger
Josef Goeppner
Joel Holycross
Jaxon Keller
Eleeanna Lawson
Gabrielle McKinney
Cian Moore
Randi Nolan
Leland Pickett
Rorie Ragsdale
Urban Roarks
Bleron Saliji
Carson Schaeffer
Austin Stein
Addison Streuer
Alexandra Sutherlin
Alexia Valdez
Maxwell Waddell

 CCSC: Free Meal Period Extended

October 22, 2020

To: CCSC Students and Parents
Fr: Kevin Smith, Superintendent
Su: Free Meal Period Extended

On September 16, the school corporation announced that student meals would be provided free, through the end of the calendar year. I am pleased to announce in conjunction with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) extending its’ waiver periods, the free meal window has been extended through the end of the CCSC school year (May 28, 2021) or up to the time funding is removed, whichever occurs first.

Thank you.
Kevin

 CCSC: Athletics Update

To: Staff, Students, Parents, School – Community Members
Fr: Kevin Smith, Superintendent
Su: Athletics Update

Earlier Wednesday, confirmation was provided of a COVID positive case, with a direct impact on our athletic program, involving the football team. The possibility of such a situation came about Monday evening, when a member of the team began having COVID symptoms. Steps were taken to immediately quarantine team members, including coaches.

Following careful consideration, and consultation, the risk of allowing our team to continue to compete in the IHSAA post season tournament has been determined to be too high.

While I regret that we have reached this point, the decision to withdraw from the tournament was made only after giving careful consideration to a diverse set of factors. These included the fact that a great deal remains unknown regarding the impact of COVID, as well as what we don’t know about the long-term impact, thus taking into account the fact we have a positive case, it is important that we act with an abundance of caution when making decisions regarding our students.

Additional aspects taken into account included the possibility of an increased risk of exposing another community to the COVID virus, discussing the experiences of other individuals who have faced similar decision points this fall, the recent spike in and around our school – community, and the desire to sustain in – person instruction. During the decision-making process I reached out to review our situation with Cloverdale. I appreciate the support and understanding their superintendent and his team provided us, regarding the situation.

I want to take a moment to state how proud I am of our coaches and student – athletes. From the first discussion, regarding the possibility of the season concluding early, coach Tyler Campbell has been a class – act. Certainly, he is disappointed, as I am, that we are not able to proceed forward, however he gets it. Coach understands the big picture and I am so proud to have him leading our Trojans through and into the future.

Moving forward we will maintain a focus on taking the necessary pre-cautions in an effort to ensure the safety and well – being of students and staff, while providing the best opportunity to sustain facility operations.

Thank you.

Kevin

 CCSC: Returning to In – Person Instruction

To: Staff, Students, Parents, School – Community Members
Fr: Kevin Smith, Superintendent
Su: Returning to In – Person Instruction

Following an extensive review of available data, and with the support of the Fountain and Warren County Health Department, Covington Community Schools will reopen facilities for in-person instruction on Tuesday, October 20, 2020. With the return, we encourage all individuals to continue to adhere to the established protocol, including remaining at home if ill, maintaining social distancing (6 feet or more) whenever possible, adhering to the identified guidance for face masking, conducting handwashing frequently, and continuing to communicate with school nurses if symptoms develop.

The school corporation will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation on a daily basis, with decisions on school operations being made as deemed appropriate.

Your patience and understanding, as we have worked to identify a date for reopening our schools, has been appreciated.

Thank you.

Kevin

 CCSC: Return to School Plan

To: Staff, Students, Parents, School – Community Members
Fr: Kevin Smith, Superintendent
Su: Return To School Plan

From the launch of the school year, our goal has been to provide the opportunity for in – person instruction, while minimizing the need for the use of our E–learning process. Obviously, there are many variables that play into whether or not our schools can remain open in a safe and effective manner. These range from the level of impact the COVID-19 virus may be having on our schools, at any given point in time, to the availability of personnel to meet the needs required to sustain facility operations. We have seen a wide array of the referenced variables play out, creating the recent need for E–learning instruction.

While recognizing our desire to return to in – person learning as soon as possible, the school corporation values the importance of understanding where the current COVID-19 situation stands, prior to re-opening our facilities. Our goal is to return to the classrooms by no later than Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

On Monday, October 19, CCSC will operate under our E-learning protocol, with my team and I analyzing data for the period covering our fall break. We will review this data and discuss with the Fountain and Warren County Health Department. It is possible we may resume in person schooling on Tuesday, October 20. If this occurs, notification would be made early Monday evening.

In conjunction, and with a plan for return in place, the suspension of our extra – curricular activities has been lifted.

The decision to return to school in the above manner was made after much deliberation, collaboration, and analysis of data. While we (the board and I) believe our plan to be in the best interests of the child, we understand there may be, not only disagreement, but questions around how we arrived at this decision.

The following was used to help aid the decision – making:

+ The fact that our children need to be in school, with in–person instruction providing the best educational opportunity for growth and development;
+ We believe in a well-rounded educational curriculum;
+ The school corporation took precautionary steps by moving to E-learning for the period of October 7-14, including limiting athletic events during the previous eight days;
+ The school has not been identified as a significant source for the current spread of the virus, an indication our protocol, when adhered to, is working; o When violations of the school corporation protocol are noted, they are addressed in an immediate fashion;
+ Our students, instructors, administrators, and coaches have set an example for all of us, through their flexibility, understanding, and patience as we have faced a challenging time. We have full confidence in their continued support and adherence to the requirements that have allowed us to be in class and on the field.
+ Contact tracing has been performed, with individuals impacted by possible exposures to positive cases placed in quarantine; o 82% of the individuals involved will end their quarantine period on October 19, 2020;
+ Events originally scheduled to be hosted in Covington have been re-located from the community;
+ Health screenings are continuing with our students, student – athletes, and staff, with those not passing, being restricted from attendance and/or participation; and
+ Input provided by the Fountain and Warren County Health Department.

Our decisions are being made with the understanding that they are determined at a respective moment and time. The next moment may well require a different decision. The school corporation, as has been the case since March, continues to monitor the situation, as it relates to sustaining in – person instruction. When a need to modify our operational schedules arise the information will be shared with students, parents, and staff members.

As always, for the school corporation to sustain our operations we need the cooperation of not only those in the buildings each day, but also the school-community. Regardless of our individual opinions of COVID-19 and strategies to combat it, the reality is for our school to have the best chance of remaining open it is important that we all respect opportunities to ensure a healthy and safe environment. This includes, whenever possible, avoiding high risk travel and activities that may perpetuate an impact within and around the school.

Please know, this is not my attempt at telling anyone what to do, rather it is the superintendent of the school corporation sharing what we need help with, if we are to get back into the school buildings and sustain operations. For this to occur, the sooner the current spread is halted, the greater our opportunities of long term in–person instructional success.

Moving forward the school corporation will continue to work closely with Dr. Sharma and the Fountain and Warren County Health Department in a cooperative manner, with a shared goal of identifying the best approaches for keeping our schools open for learning. The county health team has a tough, tough job, a no-win in just about every aspect. I appreciate and thank them for continuously working in the best interests of the safety of our children.

In closing, I hope that everyone has been able to gain some enjoyment from our fall break. I want to thank students, staff, parents, and school – community members for the continued support provided on behalf of our children. I know the past two weeks have not been an easy time, but please rest assured your unyielding love, care, patience, and support is appreciated.

Thank you.
Kevin

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