Notice is hereby given to the taxpayers of the Covington Community School Corporation, of Fountain County, that the Board of School Trustees of said corporation will meet at Covington High School Library 1017 6th St., Covington, Indiana, at 6:30 pm (Local Time) on November 13th, 2023, to consider an additional appropriation for the Education Fund. The Board considers such additional appropriation necessary to meet the need existing at this time:
Fund Name: EDUCATION FUND = SALARY & BENEFITS AMOUNT = $400,000
The foregoing appropriation is in addition to all appropriations provided for in the existing budget, and a need for such appropriation exists by reason of inadequacy in the present budget.
Taxpayers of said school corporation appearing at said meeting shall have the right to be heard in respect to said additional appropriation.
Dated this October 19th, 2023.
/s/ Chad Herzog
Secretary, Board of School Trustees
Covington Community School Corporation
CCSC – NOTICE OF DETERMINATION
NOTICE OF DETERMINATION
Pursuant to Indiana Code 6-1.1-20-5, notice is hereby given that the Board of School Trustees of the Covington Community School Corporation has preliminarily determined to issue bonds in one or more series in the aggregate amount not to exceed $940,000 to fund the proposed renovation of and improvements to school facilities, including HVAC and site improvements, and the purchase of equipment and technology.
Dated: September 21, 2023
/s/ Secretary, Board of School Trustees Covington Community School Corporation
CCSC – NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS OF ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATION
NOTICE TO TAXPAYERS OF ADDITIONAL APPROPRIATION
Notice is hereby given to the taxpayers of the school corporation known as Covington Community School Corporation (the “School Corporation”) that the Board of School Trustees (the “Board”) of the School Corporation will meet at 1017 6th Street, Library, Covington, Indiana, at the hour of 6 :30 p.m. (Local Time) on October 9, 2023, to consider the following additional appropriation of the bonds (the “Bonds”) which the Board has determined to issue. The Board considers such additional appropriation necessary to meet the need existing at this time:
An appropriation in the amount of $940,000 from the proceeds of the Bonds, including all original issue premium and all investment eamings thereon, to be deposited in the School Corporation’s Construction Fund (Fund #2301) on account of the renovation of and improvements to school facilities, including HVAC and site improvements, and the purchase of equipment and technology (the “Project”) in the School Corporation, including the incidental expenses necessary to be incurred in connection with the Project and the issuance of Bonds on account thereof. The funds to meet such additional appropriation are to be provided by the issuance and sale of Bonds by the School Corporation.
The foregoing appropriation is in addition to all appropriations provided for in the existing budget and tax levy, and a need for such appropriation exists by reason of the inadequacy of the present buildings to provide necessary school facilities in the School Corporation.
Taxpayers of the School Corporation appearing at said meeting shall have the right to be heard in respect to the additional appropriation.
Dated this 21st day of September, 2023.
/s/ Secretary, Board of School Trustees Covington Community School Corporation
Covington Community School Corporation awarded Healthy Meals Incentives grant – $71,000
Contact: Becky Story Phone: 765-793-5615 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Covington Community School Corporation Receives Healthy Meals Incentives Grant to Improve Nutritional Quality of School Meals
Covington, Indiana September 1,2023 Covington Community School Corporation was awarded a Healthy Meals Incentives grant in the amount of $71,000 from Action for Healthy Kids (AFHK) to support its efforts to upgrade outdated equipment and help improve the overall health of meals. The Healthy Meals Incentives grant is part of an allocation of nearly $30 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service to 264 schools across 44 states and the District of Columbia.
As part of the Healthy Meals Incentives grant program, AFHK and its partners will provide Covington School Corporation with in-depth individualized technical assistance to support and guide the implementation of key strategies to improve school meal quality, as well as help the district to develop creative solutions to provide nutritious foods for the children we serve.
“Offering healthier school meals is key to helping our nation’s kids get the nutrients they need today and for their long-term development,” said Action for Healthy Kids CEO Rob Bisceglie. “Through this historic investment in school nutrition, we will help school districts across the country overcome challenges and develop solutions to provide nutritious foods for the children they serve.”
An online map on the Healthy Meals Incentives website features the selected school districts and their grant amounts. The map will be updated on a rolling basis as school districts formalize their grant agreements.
“Students in every community deserve access to healthy and nutritious meals,” said USDA Deputy Secretary Xochitl Torres Small. “Today’s announcement demonstrates the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to creating healthier, brighter futures for our children. With these funds, small and rural school districts will be able to modernize their operations and provide more nutritious meals, helping students succeed in the classroom and beyond.”
USDA and Action for Healthy Kids also recently opened applications for the Healthy Meals Incentives Recognition Awards, which celebrate school districts that have made significant improvements to the nutritional quality of their school meals. All school districts in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the United States Virgin Islands are invited to apply. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through June 30, 2025.
School districts that meet Recognition Award criteria will receive benefits such as national and local recognition; travel stipends to attend a national Healthy Meals Summit; access to diverse best practices, training activities; and more.
Action for Healthy Kids will manage the grants to school districts, Recognition Awards, and Healthy Meals Summits with the support of The Chef Ann Foundation and Rocky Mountain Center for Health Promotion and Education.
USDA’s Healthy Meals Incentives Initiative also includes the School Food System Transformation Challenge Grants, which aim to support innovation in the school meals market by increasing collaboration between schools, food producers and suppliers, and other partners. Applications for the Challenge Grants are expected to open in late 2023 or early 2024.
To learn more about other resources USDA provides to strengthen school meal programs, visit the USDA Support for School Meals webpage.
FNS works to end hunger and improve food and nutrition security through a suite of 16 nutrition assistance programs, such as the National School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs, the Special Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Together, these programs serve 1 in 4 Americans over the course of a year, promoting consistent and equitable access to healthy, safe, and affordable food essential to optimal health and well-being. FNS also provides science-based nutrition recommendations through the co- development of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. FNS’s report, “Leveraging the White House Conference to Promote and Elevate Nutrition Security: The Role of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service,” released in conjunction with the historic White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in September 2022, highlights ways the agency will support the Biden-Harris Administration’s National Strategy. To learn more about FNS, visit www.fns.usda.gov and follow @USDANutrition.
Action for Healthy Kids is dedicated to improving children’s health and well-being by bringing together and mobilizing educators, families, and other key stakeholders to help children lead healthy lives. Through its core programming and family-school partnerships, AFHK has impacted more than 20 million children in 55,000 schools nationwide to address systemic challenges in underserved communities. To learn more about its growing network of volunteers and champions, visit www.actionforhealthykids.org.
6th Grade Orientation – August 7th
New student orientation for the incoming sixth graders will be on Monday, August 7th from 6-7pm. Meeting will start in the cafeteria. Students and families are welcome to attend to hear about the middle school, work on locker combinations, and find sixth grade classrooms.
Please enter through the middle school doors off of Railroad Street.
We look forward to seeing you all!
School Board Special Meeting Agenda – July 24, 2023
Special Meeting Agenda
Jul 24th, 2023 6:30pm – 8:30pm EDT
HS Library 1017 6th St. Covington, IN 47932
The Board will meet in a Special Session to receive personnel items and determine employee health insurance for the 2023-24SY.
Call to Order
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda
Recommendation for Employee Health Insurance for 2023-2024
Special Session Board Meeting Agenda – June 26, 2023
Special Session Board Meeting Agenda June 26, 2023 6:00 pm – 7:00pm EDT Covington High School Media Room – 1017 6th Street, Covington Indiana 47932
Call to Order a. Pledge of Allegiance
Board Member Attendance
Approval of Agenda
Public Meeting for Hiring of Superintendent
Dates – of – Interest a. Next Board Meeting – July 18, 2023
The Covington Community School Corporation Board – of -Trustees will have an Executive Session Board Meeting on Tuesday, July 18, 2023, Covington High School Media Room 1017 6th Street, Covington, IN 47932 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in order to discuss the following: a. I.C. 5-14-1.5-6.1 (b)(5) To receive information about and interview prospective employees.
ADDENDUM TO THE REGULAR TEACHER’S CONTRACT Of SUPERINTENDENT Of SCHOOLS
On June 19, 2023 at 6:00 pm. The Board of School Trustees of Covington Community school Corporation will meet to discuss a proposed Superintendent contract. A summary of the proposed contract is as follows: The Board of School Trustees of Covington Community School Corporation offers the following provisions to become a part of the Regular Teacher’s Contract. The assignment shall be: Superintendent of Schools.
For the School year beginning June 30, 2023 and ending June 30, 2026. Each year services shall be performed annually for two hundred sixty (260) days. One hundred eighty-three (183) of those days shall correspond to teacher’s days as scheduled on the school year calendar approved by the Board. There are 13 paid holidays: Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Friday after holiday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Good Friday, President’s Day, Wednesday before Fall Break, and Independence Day. All professional, sick, vacation and personal days must be reported to the central office during the payroll period they occur.
A salary of $117,000 shall be paid annually for services rendered, prorated for the 2023-2024 school year. Payments for services will be made in 26 pay periods. Payment shall be made on the standard and normal school pay period. Superintendent shall be given an annual evaluation and shall earn a base salary increase and/or stipend increase commensurate with increases provided to certified employees if the rating is “Effective” or “Highly Effective” and in compliance with the compensation model under IC 20-28-9-1.
The retirement contribution to the Indiana Teacher Retirement Fund shall be paid by the Corporation.
The Corporation shall contribute to a 403(b) tax shelter annuity of the employee’s choice, in the amount of $5,000 per year.
The following corporation sponsored insurance premiums shall be paid as follows: a. Medical Health HSA 2, up to $20,000 per year towards a corporation sponsored plan, adjustable to reflect any annual insurance premium rate increase b. Group term life and AD&D insurance in the amount of $50,000 c. Long-term disability insurance d. Dental and Vision insurance
Sixteen (16) days of Paid Time Off shall be provided each year. Unused PTO shall accumulate to a maximum of 185 days. Carryover sick days from Superintendent’s prior employment is allowed up to 76.5 days. Upon voluntary separation of employment, Superintendent shall be paid for any unused PTO at a rate of $175 per day. Upon involuntary separation or termination of employment due to violations of school policy, unused PTO shall not be paid
Twenty (20) vacation days shall be provided per year with no accumulation. Vacation days may be used at any time during the contract year so long as it doesn’t adversely affect school operations. School shall pay Superintendent for any unused vacation days up to ten (10) days per year based upon her calculated daily salary per diem. Unused vacation days may be paid into the 403b plan as long as the employer contribution doesn’t exceed the maximum contribution amount. Should the amount exceed the maximum contribution, any balance may be remitted to the Superintendent’s HSA as allowed by law.
The Corporation shall pay the annual dues for membership and fees for professional learning to AASA and other appropriate organizations within the discretion of the Superintendent.
The Corporation agrees to defend and indemnity and hold the Superintendent harmless for all claims, demands, and judgments arising out of the performance of duties within the Superintendent’s scope of employment.
The parties agree that the Contract may be extended pursuant to IC 20-28-8-6. Nothing prohibits the parties from negotiating longer extensions of the contract by written mutual consent.
This contract shall automatically renew on a year to year basis after June 30, 2026 unless either party provides written notice to the other by January 1, 2026 to not extend the contract. Superintendent is obligated to advise the School Board in writing of this automatic extension provision by April 1 of each calendar year starting April 1, 2025.
Superintendent shall be entitled to all the benefits applicable to certified employees as are incident to their employment relationship with the Corporation including, but not limited to, benefits and leaves, any other forms of insurance protection, retirement program, mileage reimbursement, out of pocket expense reimbursement, and other certified employee benefits.
The Corporation will also provide Superintendent with a suitable cell phone, laptop, ipad or other mutually agreeable device, for performing Corporation business. Such laptop/ipad/cell phone will remain the sole property of the Corporation. Also, Corporation shall pay for the benefit of the Superintendent for costs of a plan for the cell phone or similar device for Superintendent to use for Corporation business.
This contract may be terminated as follows: a. By written mutual agreement between the parties. b. Upon the death of Superintendent. c. Upon Superintendent’s inability to perform her duties arising from a continued disability. d. This contract may be terminated and Superintendent discharged for any cause under the provision of IC 20-28-8-6 and 20-28-8-7. e. This contract may be terminated and Superintendent discharged upon Superintendent’s failure to hold a valid Indiana Supervisor-Superintendent’s certificate. f. Superintendent waives all rights under IC 20-28-7.5-1 et seq. relating to dismissal of her teacher contractual rights.
Superintendent shall at all times hold a valid Administration and Supervisor-Superintendent certification issued by the State of Indiana, and Superintendent shall, under the direction of the Board of School Trustees of Corporation, perform all duties and responsibilities as set forth by school board policy of Corporation, including, but not limited to: a. Managing the administration of the schools comprising the Corporation and delegating authority to administrative staff; b. Serving as the Chief Executive Officer and educational leader of the Corporation; including representing the Corporation in all dealings with the public, individuals, and other organizations; c. Directing and assigning tasks of teachers and other employees of the Corporation as well as recommending employment for and evaluating those positions under her purview; d. Maintaining efficient organization of the administrative, business, instructional, and supervisory staff of Corporation; e. Suggesting appropriate policies, rules, regulations, and procedures for the operation of the Corporation; f. Direct the preparation of an annual budget for Corporation’s operation and submission of taxing authorities as required; g. Negotiating and discussing matters with certificated employees pursuant to laws, rules, and regulations; h. Attending all meetings of the Board of School Trustees of Corporation, including, but not limited to, all executive board meetings. Superintendent shall have a right to attend all such meetings except such meetings as may involve the discussion at executive board meetings of the employment relationship between Corporation and Superintendent; i. Performing such other orders, directions, and tasks as assigned by the Board of School Trustees of the Corporation; j. Assisting the board in the development of Corporation goals; k. Direct the application process for grants as may be beneficial to the financial and educational goals of the Corporation; l. Supervise and implement evaluations of staff pursuant to IC 20-28 and the requirements of the school’s model evaluation plan; m. Performance of the superintendent’s responsibilities at a level of competence required by school policy rules and regulations of IDE, and Indiana law
This addendum supersedes any previously signed agreement. This addendum is governed by the laws of the State of Indiana, and shall be subject to the provisions of any applicable state law concerning the terms and conditions of an employment contract between a public school corporation and its superintendent. If, during the term of this Addendum, any specific clause or provision thereof is determined to be illegal or in conflict with state or federal law, the illegal or conflicting provision shall be deemed void. The remainder of the Addendum shall not be affected and shall remain in full force and affect. This contract contains and supersedes all previous agreements between the parties and no verbal agreements exist between the parties and its provisions cannot be modified except by a written modification thereto executed by both.
CHS Honor Roll – 2nd Semester
DISTINGUISHED HONOR ROLL 9 th Grade – Jalyn Allen, Rhyane Beck, Lydia Bennett, Asher Cadman, Cadence Clausen, Maya Clemence, Amber Drummond, Andrea Estes, Julianna Girdler, Lucas Hauck, Remi Holt, Luke Holycross, Clyde Keller, Lily Pigg, Hope Smaltz, Keira Smith
10 th Grade – Savannah Bishop, Kennedie Cadman, Sydni Crain, Brookelyn DeZarn, Landon Hardy, Summer Krepton, Ethan Nemecz, Haley Nichols, Emma Wade, Kelly Yang
11 th Grade – Lauren Bealer, Shelby Bennett, Dani Berger, Avery Durant, Emma Holycross, Levin Marcinko, Allie Scarlett, Nicket Shah, Greta Smith