To: Students, Parents, Staff, and School – Community Members; Media Fr: Kevin Smith, Superintendent Re: February 2021 School Board Meeting Information
The Covington Community School Corporation School Board met for their monthly meeting on Monday, February 8, 2021. The meeting was conducted in alignment with social distancing guidelines.
Prior to the business section of the agenda, Covington High School Principal Alison Karrfalt updated the board on the status of the virtual learning program, implemented in the fall. Ms. Karrfalt noted that while the program has been successful, a number of students have returned to in-person learning during the second semester. She also indicated that students have been excited about the opportunity to engage in extra-curricular clubs this semester. The CHS leader also touted formative assessment information indicating student growth and development is holding its’ own, despite the many challenges provided with the COVID pandemic.
Ms. Karrfalt informed the board the high school earned a 96.92% graduation rate for 2020, an outstanding level that falls among the “Best of the Best”.
Additionally, Covington High School earned an ‘A’ rating for 2019 – 2020.
Covington Elementary instructor Kara Taylor then provided an update on the status of the Project Lead The Way Launch program. The program is in its’ first year at CES and Ms. Taylor noted the children have been excited with the curriculum.
Board President Doug Hunter thanked Ms. Taylor for the work she is doing, while sharing the board’s appreciation for the excitement and passion being brought to the program.
In other business, the board adopted a resolution opposing House Bill 1005, which would divert much needed money from public education to a proposed voucher program. It is estimated that if adopted HB1005 would significantly reduce Governor Holcomb’s proposed 3% increase for public education during the next biennium budget period.
During the business portion of the agenda the board: • Approved the following hires: o Laura Myers, Testing Coordinator o Yessi Girdler, Testing Coordinator o Jen Sutherlin, 6th Grade Volleyball (1/2 Position) o Alison Brown, 6th Grade Volleyball (1/2 Position) o Tyler Scott, MS Track Boys Coach o Andrea Ragsdale, MS Track Girls Coach o Ben Jones, MS Wrestling Coach o Courtney Reinken, Freshman Volleyball Coach (2021) o Alison Brown, Junior Varsity Volleyball Coach (2021) o k (1/2)
o Amy Clem, MS Yearbook (1/2) o Mandy Short, MS National Honor Society o Brittany Russell, MS Student Council • Accepted the following maternity leave request: o Staci Stultz, Middle School Instructor • Received information from school corporation legal counsel, Stu Weliever, concerning the legal aspects from Indiana code, as related to conflicts of interest. • Approved the award of transportation contracts as follows: o Routes 4, 5, and 6 to Spicer Transportation; o Route 7 to Tracie Allen • Approved the 2021 – 2022 course offerings for the high school. • Approved a recommendation for the school corporation superintendent to submit a flexibility waiver request to the Indiana State Board of Education, per Indiana code 20-31-4.1-4. • Approved an out – of – district student transfer. • Approved the cancellation of vendor checks, which remain outstanding for two or more years. • Authorized the posting for dairy product bids. • Approved the use of school corporation funds in support of projected athletic department shortfalls due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on event attendance. • Authorized school corporation treasurer Vicki Jones to move forward with the implementation of an electronic payroll tool, Docu Delivery. • Approved a resolution expanding the period of time an employee may utilize days for COVID related illnesses, as previously provided by the Expanded Sick Leave Act. • Appointed Barb Hegg and Paul Moore to new four – year terms on the Covington – Veedersburg Public Library Board. • Accepted a proposal from J.R. Kelly for the construction of a secured entrance at the elementary school. • Approved a resolution designating Vicki Jones as the school corporation representative for small claim court items. • Approved a recommendation for the hiring of a social worker at the middle school. • Learned the winter ADM count for the school corporation was reduced from the fall numbers, with 785 students enrolled on February 1, 2021, as compared to 790 in September, 2020. • Shared their appreciation and recognition for the outstanding work being provided by school counselors Laura Myers and Yessi Girdler.
The next scheduled meeting of the board of trustees is set for Monday, March 8, 2021. 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
Notice: Milk & Dairy Product Bidders
April 1, 2020
NOTICE TO BIDDERS
Notice is hereby given that the Board of School Trustees of the Covington Community School Corporation is requesting bids from vendors interested in furnishing milk and dairy products for the 2021-2022 school year. Milk and dairy products to be bid are:
• ½ pint, homogenized 1% while milk; • ½ pint, homogenized 1% chocolate milk; • ½ pint homogenized skim milk; • Priced per gallon, homogenized 2% milk; and • Eggs.
Specifications and instructions to bidders are available upon request at the Superintendent’s Office, located at 601 Market Street, Covington, Indiana 47932. All bids must be received in the Office of the Superintendent prior to 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 1, 2021 when all bids will be opened and read aloud. Bidders must provide firm pricing and escalating/de-escalating pricing for the entire school purchasing period. Covington Community School Corporation reserves the right to reject any and all bids, and/or waive bidding irregularities.
Doug Hunter President Board of School Trustees Covington Community School Corporation
CCSC: Update Attendance Guidance
Earlier this week Governor Holcomb announced new attendance guidance for extra – curricular and co – curricular events.
Attendance recommendations at K-12 extracurricular and co-curricular activities are as follows:
(1) For counties designated as red, overall attendance (attendees, staff, and others) may not exceed 25 individuals; (2) For counties designated as orange, overall attendance (attendees, staff, and others) may not exceed 50 individuals; (3) For counties designated as yellow, overall attendance (attendees, staff, and others) may not exceed 100 individuals; and (4) For counties designated as blue, overall attendance (attendees, staff, and others) may not exceed 250 individuals.
Overall attendance may be greater than the numbers above IF the school corporation submits a safety plan to the local health department, ensures that attendees and staff adhere to social distancing requirements, and wear face coverings, and has sufficient persons, staff, or volunteers to monitor compliance with these directives. If the school corporation complies with these requirements, overall attendance (attendees, staff, and others) may not exceed:
(1) For counties designated as red or orange, 25% of the facility’s capacity; (2) For counties designated as yellow, 50% of the facility’s capacity; and (3) For counties designated as blue, 100% of the facility’s capacity.
Note: Requests for event consideration are being reviewed on an event – by – event basis.
School Board Meeting Agenda – February
Executive Session Board Meeting
The Covington Community School Corporation Board – of – Trustees will have an Executive Session Board Meeting on Monday, February 8, 2021, beginning at 5:30 p.m., prior to the regularly scheduled session. The meeting will occur at the Covington Elementary School Conference Room, located at 1110 7th Street, Covington, Indiana 47932 for the following:
I.C. 5-14-1.5-6.1 (b)(3) School Safety and Security Plans and Implementation I.C. 5-14-1.5-6.1 (b)(6)(B) Employee, student, or contractor status
Regular Session Board Meeting
The Covington Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in regular session on Monday, February 8, 2021, beginning at 6:30pm. The meeting will be held at the Covington Elementary School Conference Room, located at, 1110 7th Street, Covington, Indiana 47932.
Social distancing and face covering requirements will be in place for those in attendance.
Due to the COVID – 19 Pandemic social distancing requirements the attendance capacity will be limited to 12 individuals. A conference call-in number will be provided for those wishing to join via phone conference: Conference Number: 1 302-751-6016 PIN: 899 448 295#
Call Meeting to Order a. Verify Members in Attendance and Establish a Quorum b. Recite the Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Educational Excellence a. Rigor – Relevance – Relationships i. Best Practices
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
District Project and Business Updates a. Administration b. Finance/Business c. Curriculum (Technology) d. Buildings and Grounds e. Transportation f. Other
New Business a. Administration b. Finance/Business c. Curriculum (Technology) d. Buildings and Grounds e. Transportation f. Other
Superintendent Report Out a. Pathfinding b. Aligning c. Empowering d. Modeling
Dates – of – Interest a. Flex Day 1 – February 12, 2021 b. President’s Day/No School – February 15, 2021 c. Boys Basketball Sectional – March 2, 5, 6, 2021 d. March Board Meeting – March 8, 2021 e. Flex Days 2, 3 – March 18, 19, 2021 f. Spring Break – March 22 – 26, 2021 g. Superintendent Advisory Council – To Be Determined
CCSC: School Corporation Reentry Protocol Modification
January 22, 2021
To: Staff, Students, Parents, School – Community Members Fr: Kevin Smith, Superintendent Su: School Corporation Reentry Protocol Modification
Per guidance received from the Indiana Department of Health, the 7 – day quarantine option has been removed from the school corporation reentry protocol, effective January 22, 2021. The updated protocol revision (CT Path Forward – Reentry Plan S2 – A) may be found on the CCSC website. Additionally, the respective IDOH guidance document has been placed on the website for reference.
10th Grade – Jackson Frieze, Dane Gerling, Halle Grady, Duncan Keller, Lauryn Kempen, Jackson Kindell, Isabella Lynch, Kaleb Parkhurst, Luke Stewart, Micah Stonecipher, Allison Swaney, Elli Williamson, Ethan Wise, Ethan Witwer, Wyatt Woodrow
11th Grade – Andrew Boyd, Mackenzie Cope, Amber Cruser, Faith Daniels, Neil Ellmore, Grace Glidewell, Alex Hicks, Emily Holycross, Sierra Krepton, Chloe Martin, Mason McPherson-Duprey, Peyt Shumaker, Jack Stewart, Amiyah Williams, Katie Woodrow
12th Grade – Kiersten Anderson, Alex Black, Kaleb Carwile, Morgan Dexter, Katelyn Duncan, Brydan Gaskill, Sydney Gonzalez, Jeanette Hernandez-Sanchez, Emily Jean, John Kiger, Jesee Lawson, Rico Mandolini, Kole McLellan, Kaden Orr, Logan Pinkerton, Lillian Ramirez, Isabel Seldomridge, Sarah Smaltz, Aubrey Stonecipher
January 2021 School Board Meeting Information
To: Students, Parents, Staff, and School – Community Members; Media Fr: Kevin Smith, Superintendent Re: January 2021 School Board Meeting Information
The Covington Community School Corporation School Board met for their monthly meeting on Monday, January 11, 2021. The meeting was conducted in alignment with social distancing guidelines.
At the annual organizational meeting Mr. Doug Hunter was selected to serve as board president for Mr. Jason Beck was selected as board vice – president and Mr. Kevin Cates as board secretary.
In other organizational business, the board approved Ms. Vicki Jones as school corporation treasurer and Ms. Jennifer Linville as extra– curricular treasurer. The law firm of Henthorn, Harris, and Weliever was approved to continue as legal counsel for Covington Community School Corporation.
During the business portion of the agenda the board:
• During the finance committee agenda
o Selected Mr. Doug Hunter as president of the finance board.
o Selected Mr. Kevin Cates as secretary of the finance board.
o Reviewed the investment policy.
o Received its’ annual financial analysis.
o Was informed that no new investments had been made during 2020.
• Agreed to maintain the current level of board compensation for 2021 – $1,000 annually.
• Received an update on the start of the second semester from elementary school principal Ms. Michelle Beck.
• Approved the following hires:
o Brooke Ahrens, CMS Instructional Aide
o Cathy Busik, CHS Interim English Instructor
o Cindie Holliday, Interim SEL Coordinator
o Susan Smaltz, CHS Pep Club Co – Sponsor
o Trevor Dickerson, CHS Pep Club Co – Sponsor
o Steve Pierce, Assistant Baseball Coach
o Bradley Slider, Volunteer Junior Varsity Baseball Coach
o Matt Gerling, Volunteer Assistant Baseball Coach
o Luke Taylor, Volunteer Assistant Baseball Coach
o Meghan Hall, Junior Varsity Softball Coach
o Aliah Larsen, Volunteer Assistant Softball Coach
o Keddy Sowers, Volunteer Assistant Softball Coach
o Judy Hegg, Volunteer Assistant Softball Coach
o Jamie Hughes, WRSSC Blind and Low Vision Teacher (.2 Role)
• Learned that the analysis and negotiations for the award of transportation contracts has entered final stages.
• Approved a resolution for the continued monthly transfer of funds from the Education to Operations Fund, maintaining the same level as in 2020.
• Approved a recommendation from the school corporation calendar committee in adopting the 2022 – 2023 school calendar.
o The calendar follows the same format as in use in 2020 – 2021 and that which has been adopted for 2021 – 2022.
• Approved Ms. Beck’s recommendation to accept two out – of – district students.
• Authorized the acceptance of a $5,000 donation from the Western Indiana Community Foundation for the use of Covington Elementary School in providing for needs of students.
o Board President Doug Hunter expressed appreciation, on behalf of the board and the school corporation, to Mr. Dale White and the foundation for their continued support of the community’s children.
• Reviewed its’ intent to conduct a working session board meeting, in the near future, with a focus on providing a collaborative opportunity for stakeholders of the school corporation to participate in identifying go – forward opportunities for improvement.
• Received public comment on the meeting format, the school corporation property and casualty insurance process, and the identification of the school corporation legal counsel.
The next scheduled meeting of the board of trustees is set for Monday, February 8, 2021. 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
CMS Honor Roll – 2nd Quarter
Covington Middle School Honor Roll – 2nd Quarter 6th Grade – Distinguished Aaron Asbury Reagan Bealer Beau Bishop Gavin Guthrie Allie Hunt Gabrielle Lewis Connor Maertens Dylan McLain Emma Poll Brooke Rottmann Nathanael Webster Chloe Whittington Adaline Winn Andrew Wright
6th Grade – Honor Roll Lillian Cook Naomi DeRosier Jasmine Hernandez Alainee Hoaks Claire Jacobs Ridley Keele Creux Rieman Kaden Smith Ava Stein Zachary Stump
Covington Middle School Honor Roll – 2nd Quarter 7th Grade – Distinguished Jalyn Allen Rhyane Beck Lydia Bennett Asher Cadman Maya Clemence Andrea Estes Makiah Glidewell Lucas Hauck Luke Holycross Clyde Keller Keira Smith Gwyndelyn Story
7th Grade – Honor Roll Cadence Clausen Bayleigh Daniels Seth Ellmore Julianna Girdler Landon Herzog Kyven Hill Tyler Kindell Jayleigh LaGue Glennys McGurk Amelia Nix Kailey Pettit Kynley Powell Hope Smaltz Benjamine Stewart Aleksander VanDorn Emberlee Whitaker
Covington Middle School Honor Roll – 2nd Quarter 8th Grade – Distinguished Savannah Bishop Kennedie Cadman Sydni Crain Kyla Culotti Brookelyn DeZarn Landon Hardy Haley Holycross Summer Krepton Haley Nichols Addison Streuer Kelly Yang
8th Grade – Honor Roll Peyton Brown Westin Coffing Erica Critser Josef Goeppner Jaxon Keller Angel Krout Eleeanna Lawson Leland Pickett Bleron Saliji Carson Schaeffer Austin Stein Alexandra Sutherlin Emma Wade
CMS Honor Roll – 1st Semester
Covington Middle School Honor Roll – 1st Semester 6th Grade – Distinguished Reagan Bealer Beau Bishop Allie Hunt Gabrielle Lewis Connor Maertens Dylan McLain Emma Poll Brooke Rottmann Ava Stein Nathanael Webster Chloe Whittington Andrew Wright
6th Grade – Honor Roll Aaron Asbury Breanna Batley Lillian Cook Naomi DeRosier Gavin Guthrie Jasmine Hernandez Alainee Hoaks Claire Jacobs Ridley Keele Creux Rieman Kaden Smith Zachary Stump Adaline Winn Deven Wise Grace Young
Covington Middle School Honor Roll – 1st Semester 7th Grade – Distinguished Jalyn Allen Rhyane Beck Lydia Bennett Asher Cadman Andrea Estes Makiah Glidewell Lucas Hauck Luke Holycross Clyde Keller Gwyndelyn Story
7th Grade – Honor Roll Cadence Clausen Maya Clemence Bayleigh Daniels Amber Drummond Seth Ellmore Julianna Girdler Landon Herzog Kyven Hill Jayleigh LaGue Glennys McGurk Amelia Nix Kailey Pettit Kynley Powell Hannah Shank Hope Smaltz Keira Smith Benjamine Stewart Aleksander VanDorn
Covington Middle School Honor Roll – 1st Semester 8th Grade – Distinguished Savannah Bishop Kennedie Cadman Sydni Crain Landon Hardy Haley Holycross Summer Krepton Haley Nichols Addison Streuer Kelly Yang
8th Grade – Honor Roll Peyton Brown Bennett Christoff Westin Coffing Erica Critser Kyla Culotti Brookelyn DeZarn Josef Goeppner Joel Holycross Jaxon Keller Angel Krout Eleeanna Lawson Cian Moore Leland Pickett Bleron Saliji Carson Schaeffer Austin Stein Alexandra Sutherlin Maxwell Waddell Emma Wade