COVINGTON COMMUNITY SCHOOLS RESIDENTIAL TIF POSITION STATEMENT
COVINGTON COMMUNITY SCHOOL CORPORATION WAS PRESENTED WITH A RESIDENTIAL TIF PROPOSAL FROM THE CITY OF COVINGTON. PER INDIANA STATUTE, A SCHOOL CORPORATION MUST APPROVE A RESIDENTIAL TIF BEFORE IT CAN BE ENACTED. CCSC SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES VOTED AND REJECTED THE PROPOSAL. WHILE CCSC AND ITS BOARD FULLY SUPPORTS GROWTH IN THE COVINGTON COMMUNITY, IT CANNOT SUPPORT INITIATIVES THAT COME AT THE EXPENSE OF THE STUDENTS AND STAFF OF CCSC. LISTED ARE SOME OF THE STEPS AND CONSIDERATIONS THE CCSC BOARD CONSIDERED IN MAKING THEIR DECISION:
• THERE IS A COMMON MISCONCEPTION THE SCHOOLS ARE FUNDED SOLELY FROM THE STATE. WHILE SCHOOLS DO RECEIVE A PORTION OF THEIR FUNDING FROM THE STATE, IT ALSO RECEIVES A LARGE AMOUNT OF FUNDING FROM LOCAL PROPERTY TAXES, WHICH WOULD BE IMPACTED BY A RESIDENTIAL TIF.
• CCSC CONSULTED WITH MULTIPLE FINANCIAL AND ACADEMIC EXPERTS AS TO THE THEORETICAL IMPACTS OF A RESIDENTIAL TIF UPON THE SCHOOL CORPORATION. EVERYONE INDICATED IT WOULD RESULT IN A LOSS OR REDUCTION OF FUNDING TO THE SCHOOLS.
• CCSC ALSO CONSULTED WITH A NUMBER OF SCHOOL CORPORATIONS OF SIMILAR SIZE TO CCSC THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED THE EFFECTS OF A RESIDENTIAL TIF. ALL INDICATED THAT IT DID IN FACT RESULT IN A LOSS OF FUNDING.
• CCSC FULLY UNDERSTANDS THAT HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS POTENTIALLY INCREASE STUDENT ENROLLMENT AND ULTIMATELY INCREASED FUNDING WHICH CCSC FULLY SUPPORTS. HOWEVER, INCREASED STUDENT ENROLLMENT ALSO COMES WITH ADDED EXPENSES. IF A RESIDENTIAL TIF IS PASSED, THERE ARE A LIMITED NUMBER OF WAYS FOR SCHOOLS TO RECOUP LOST OR REDUCED FUNDING TO SIMPLY COMPLETE DAY TO DAY OPERATIONS.
AGAIN, CCSC AND THE BOARD FULLY ENDORSES COMMUNITY GROWTH AND INCREASED SCHOOL ENROLLMENT. IT, HOWEVER MUST ALWAYS CONSIDER AND MAKE DECISIONS THAT ARE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF PROVIDING THE BEST EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE FOR THE STUDENTS OF CCSC.
December 2021 Board Meeting
To: Students, Parents, Staff, and School – Community Members; Media Fr: Kevin Smith, Superintendent Re: December 2021 Board Meeting
The Covington Community School Corporation School Board conducted two meetings on Monday, December 13, 2021, with the first focused on providing an opportunity for public comment on an advertised superintendent contract. The regular monthly session was held immediately following the public comment meeting.
During the monthly meeting the board:
• Recognized the accomplishments of coach Terry Field and the boys tennis team.
• Received an update on the current status of the COVID – 19 impact within the buildings.
• Approved the following hires: o Shelby Pineda, Swimming Coach o Ben Jones, Wrestling Coach o Terry Field, 2022 Boys Tennis Coach o Jen Sutherlin, 2022 Volleyball Coach o Brennan Crose, 2022 Boys Soccer Coach o Damon Hegg, 2022 Girls Soccer Coach o Staci Stultz, 2022 Cross Country Coach o Lacy Pasquale, Maternity Leave Speech Instructor
• Per the United States Department of Education requirement reviewed the status of the current back – to – school plan, approving a recommendation to continue with the plan in its’ current state.
• Discussed a request for consideration of approval of a residential TIF district. o No action was taken by the board.
• Approved paying non – certified staff for those impacted by a loss of work opportunity due to the recent closure of the elementary school for e – learning.
• Approved requests from five (5) out – of – district transfer students.
• Authorized corporation treasurer, Vicki Jones, to address necessary expense items over the final two weeks of the budget year in order to ensure the continuation of operations, as deemed appropriate.
• Approved a proposal for the implementation of new salary scales for non – certified hourly staff; and approved a proposal to provide salary increases for all non – certified and WRSS staff members.
• Approved a proposal to provide a health insurance deduction holiday for corporation health insurance members in the month of December 2021.
• Was presented with Policy 115 (board member participation via electronic means) under the first reading process.
• Learned that the DLGF had approved the 2022 CCSC budget with a slight reduction in one of four funds.
• Heard a report out of the IDOE Results Driven Accountability Audit recently completed at CCSC, with the schools identified as Level 1 facilities.
There were no public comments offered during the public session on a superintendent contract.
The board will conduct their first meeting of 2022 on Monday, January 10, 2022.
Thank you for your support of our children and of the Covington School – Community.
Kevin R. Smith Superintendent
WRCTE – Position Opening – Administrative Assistant
The Wabash River Career and Technical Education (WRCTE) Cooperative is searching for an Administrative Assistant to the Director. The WRCTE is a joint services cooperative of the eight school districts located in Fountain, Parke, Vermillion, and Warren Counties. The WRCTE oversees 23 Career and Technical Education (CTE) ½ day shared courses that are housed in the eight member schools. Program enrollment for these students is 359. The WRCTE also assists as needed with technical and data support for 3417 students enrolled in the courses of Agriculture, Business, Engineering, Family and Consumer Science, and Industrial Technology.
All eight member schools financially support the Wabash River CTE Cooperative. South Vermillion serves as the fiscal agent and the Administrative Assistant is technically employed by South Vermillion. The position will range from 200 – 220 days depending on qualifications.
The WRCTE office is located in Montezuma, IN. Should the successful candidate reside closer to one of the Fountain or Warren County schools, efforts will be made for that person to be able to primarily work from one of the Fountain or Warren County schools.
The successful candidate can start as early as 1/3/2022, however, if an extended transition is needed due to current work obligations we are happy to accommodate.
Key requirements/responsibilities of this position follows;
Prepare and submit approved purchase orders on behalf of the director.
Maintain electronic files for items paid for with local, state, and federal funds.
Work with instructors to maintain equipment inventory.
Serve as the key contact/liaison between counselors and dual credit partners in regards to deadlines and registration.
Maintain and assist teachers, parents, and students with the WRCTE School Management Software (Harmony)
Assist the director to maintain, grow, and diversify the WRCTE social media presence.
Maintain and upgrade the WRCTE Web Page.
Work in partnership with the director in the coordination of events such as career fairs, recruitment presentations, and staff professional development.
Serve as a key contact with school counseling personnel in regards to scheduling students in WRCTE classes.
Maintain an occasional presence in the WRCTE member schools to foster a knowledge of the programs and school personnel.
Assist instructors in identifying students who need assistance with attendance from their home schools.
Coordinate certification exams.
Receive and prioritize traditional mail, electronic mail, and voicemail messages.
Transition by end of 2022-2023 to the role of InTERS (Indiana CTE Data Portal) Data Specialist.
Follow up with WRCTE graduates to track work/college/military placements.
The successful candidate must be proficient in Google Workspace.
Please email your application and resume or any questions to;