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 September 2021 School Board Meeting Information

To: Students, Parents, Staff, and School – Community Members; Media
Fr: Kevin Smith, Superintendent
Re: September 2021 School Board Meeting Information

The Covington Community School Corporation School Board met for their regular monthly meeting on Monday, September 13, 2021.

The meeting opened with the 2022 Operating Budget Public Hearing. During this time school corporation superintendent Kevin Smith reviewed the Capital Projects Plan, Bus Replacement Plan, and proposed budget. With no public comment received the board adjourned the public hearing and moved to their regularly scheduled business meeting.

Mr. Dale White, Executive Director of the Western Indiana Community Foundation, presented the CCSC school board with a check in the amount of $50,000, with monies to be used within the three educational facilities, as well as the athletic department. Mr. White noted that the foundation board wanted to help the school recover from lost revenue during the 2020 – 2021 school year due to the COVID – 19 pandemic.

Covington Community School Corporation board president, Doug Hunter, thanked the foundation for their support, “It is awesome that we have this level of support within our community.”

The board approved modifications to the school reentry plan, adopting a positivity rate threshold of 3.0% as the baseline for the implementation of mask wearing in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Masking would be implemented anytime a respective facility has a sustained positivity level of 3% for a period of three consecutive days. The protocol would be in place for a period of 14 days and be removed if the facility sustains positivity rates
below 3% for the final three days of the period.

Note: If the need for mask wearing occurs the guidance calls for all individuals – students, staff, and visitors – of a respective facility to properly wear a mask during transitions in and out of the building, classrooms, for ECA events, and any other time social distancing may not be possible, such as during a group instructional activity. This aligns with the 2020 – 2021 school year guidance for the use of masks.

Superintendent Smith noted that the board appreciated the input and views offered by school – community stakeholders during the most recent spike in COVID-19 cases. “The board reviewed the input received very carefully and conducted a methodical due diligence in reaching this point with our protocol,” Smith stated. “We will be monitoring the data, as well as the benefits experienced, and if necessary continue to adjust the protocol in an effort to ensure the safety, health, well – being, and educational development of our children.”

During the business portion of the agenda the board:
• Approved the following hires:
o Cindie Holliday, CES Instructor
o Tammy Pearman, CES Transfer to Library Coordinator
o Ryan Ellmore, Volunteer Football Coach
o Travis Brown, MS Athletic Director
o Evan Morgan, Weight Room Supervisor
o Travis Brown, Weight Room Supervisor
o Trevor Dickerson, 1/2 Weight Room Supervisor
o Shane Orlea, 1/.2 Weight Room Supervisor
o Kyle Hartzog, K – 12 Band/Chorus 9 – 12
o Leslie Sebastian, Drama Club
o Damon Hegg, Senior Play/Dual Credit Instructor
o Craig Sowers, Lighting/Sound Technician/HS
o Yearbook/Dual Credit Instructor
o Dawn Krepton, MS Yearbook
o Carolyn Davis, Senior Class Sponsor
o Eric Stockberger, Senior Class Sponsor/French Club
o Stephanie Hohenstein, Junior Class Sponsor
o Shelby Pineda, Junior Class Sponsor
o Kelly Taylor, Sophomore Class Sponsor
o Kara Taylor, Sophomore Class Sponsor
o Jordan Rennick, Freshman Class Sponsor
o Becky Holycross, Freshman Class Sponsor
o Lindsey Reed, Art Club/HS Student Council
o Leslie Sebastian, HS NHS
o Katie Hardy, MS NHS
o Sarah Martin, MS Student Council
o Scott Myers, FFA/Dual Credit Instructor
o Marlissa Brewer, MS Science Fair
o Laura Myers, Testing Coordinator
o Katie Hardy, Testing Coordinator/Teacher Mentor
o Hannah Hegg, Champions Together
o Terry Field, FCA/Dual Credit Instructor
o Susan Smaltz, Crazies Sponsor
o Craig Sowers, School Community Promotions
o Corey Smaltz, Dual Credit Instructor
o Chad Tanner, Dual Credit Instructor
o Dallas Peffley, Dual Credit Instructor
o John Kiger, MS Football Coach
o Brian Wright, MS Volunteer Football Coach

• Accepted the following retirements:
o Pete Nickel, CHS Instructor, effective June 30, 2022
o Cathy Smith, CCSC Payroll and Human Resources Coordinator, September 30, 2021

• Approved the contracting of school psychologist Dr. Abbie Jones, as an employee of the Wabash River Special Services Cooperative.

• Approved a maternity leave request for Jordan Rennick.

• Approved a recommendation from the building principals for the acceptance of 11 out – of – district student transfers.

• Approved the acceptance of a $50,000 donation from the Western Indiana Community Foundation and a $5,000 from a school – community stakeholder wishing anonymity.

• Approved a resolution allowing the superintendent to request approval for additional debt service fund appropriations.

• Accepted and approved a proposal from McGowan Insurance Group as the new provider of property and casualty insurance for the school corporation.

• Received information on the current level of student enrollment within the school corporation.

The next scheduled meeting of the board will be October 11, 2021.

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

Kevin R. Smith
Superintendent

 Executive Session Board Meeting, Sept. 13, 2021

Executive Session Board Meeting

The Covington Community School Corporation Board – of – Trustees will have an Executive Session Board Meeting on Monday, September 13, 2021, beginning at 5:30 p.m. 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) To discuss the assessment, design, and implementation of school safety and security measures, plans, and systems.

I.C. 5-14-1.5-6.1 (b)(6)(9) Employee, student, or contractor status

Board Meeting

The Covington Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in regular session on Monday, September 13, 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.

The school corporation’s 2022 Operating Budget Public Hearing will be conducted during the September agenda. There will be no public comment during the business portion of the agenda.

Agenda

  1. Call Meeting to Order
    a. Verify Members in Attendance and Establish a Quorum
    b. Recite the Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Approval of Agenda
  3. 2022 Operating Budget
    a. Opening Statements
    b. Public Testimony
  4. Educational Excellence

a. Rigor – Relevance – Relationships
i. Best Practices

  1. 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
  2. District Project and Business Updates
    a. Administration
    b. Finance/Business
    c. Curriculum (Technology)
    d. Buildings and Grounds
    e. Transportation
    f. Other
  3. New Business
    a. Administration
    b. Finance/Business
    c. Curriculum (Technology)
    d. Buildings and Grounds
    e. Transportation
    f. Other
  4. Superintendent Report Out
    a. Pathfinding
    b. Aligning
    c. Empowering
    d. Modeling
  5. Board Comments
  6. Dates – of – Interest
    a. Athletic Department Golf Scramble September 19, 2021
    b. End Grading Period 1 October 8, 2021
    c. Board Meeting October 11, 2021
    d. E-Learning/Staff Development October 12-13, 2021
    e. Fall Break October 14-15, 2021
    f. Thanksgiving Break November 24-26, 2021
    g. End Semester 1 December 22, 2021

h. Winter Break December 23, 2021 – January 5, 2022
i. Begin Semester 2 January 6, 2022

  1. Adjournment
 Executive Session Board Meeting – Friday Sept 10, 2021 at 5:30pm

Executive Session Board Meeting

The Covington Community School Corporation Board – of – Trustees will have an Executive Session Board Meeting on Friday September 10, 2021, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will occur at the Covington Community School Corporation Conference Room, located at 601 Market Street, Covington, Indiana 47932 for the following:

I.C. 5-14-1.5-6.1 To discuss the assessment, design, and implementation of school safety and security measures,
plans, and systems.

I.C. 5-14-1.5-6.1 Employee, student, or contractor status

 Executive Session Board Meeting – Sept. 7th, 5:15pm

Executive Session Board Meeting

The Covington Community School Corporation Board – of – Trustees will have an Executive Session Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, beginning at 5:15 p.m. 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 To discuss the assessment, design, and implementation of school safety and security measures, plans, and systems.

I.C. 5-14-1.5-6.1 Employee, student, or contractor status

Board Meeting

The Covington Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in special session on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, beginning at 6:00pm. The meeting will be held at the Covington Elementary School Conference Room, located at, 1110 7th Street, Covington, Indiana 47932.

Agenda

  1. Call Meeting to Order
    a. Verify Members in Attendance and Establish a Quorum
    b. Recite the Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Approval of Agenda
  3. Review Status of COVID-19 Impact
  4. Public Comments
  5. Board Comments
  6. Adjournment
 Homecoming Parade Map
 Winter Coat Give Away

The annual winter coat give-away in Covington will take place October 19th through October 22nd, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (EDT), in the fellowship hall at the First Church of Christ, 615 Fifth Street.

New and gently used winter coats (adult and children sizes) will be distributed to area residents in need while supplies last. Face masks are required.

Parking is available in the church’s three lots.

Additional Information is available from the coat drive coordinator, (765) 793-7285. The coat give-away is being hosted by the First Church of Christ.

 Winter Coat Donations – Drop Off Locations

Donations of new and gently used winter coats (adult and children’s sizes) are being sought for a community coat give-away scheduled next month in Covington.

Donations may be dropped off between September 27th and October 8th at the following locations during regular business hours:

Centre Bank, 315 Washington Street

Covington City Building, 329 Washington Street

Covington Public Library, 622 Fifth Street

Covington County Market, 301 Third Street

First Church of Christ Office, 619 Fifth Street

Industrial Federal Credit Union, 413 Washington Street

McDonald’s, 221 Pearl Street

Old National Bank, 401 Washington Street

Purdue University Extension Office, Lower Level of Court House, 301 Fourth Street

The Fountain Trust Company, 615 Third Street

Weather permitting, a coat collection day is scheduled October 9th from 9 am to 1:00 pm outside Casey’s General Store, 311 Pearl Street.

Coats will be distributed to area residents in need on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last October 19th through 22nd at the Covington First Church of Christ, 615 Fifth Street.

The coat give-away is being hosted by the First Church of Christ. Additional information is available from the coat drive coordinator at (765) 793-7285.

 CCSC: New Staff

August 12, 2021

To: School – Community Stakeholders
Fr: Kevin Smith, Superintendent
Su: New Staff

With the start of the school year comes the opportunity for new members of our team to experience what being a member of the 1CT family is all about. I am excited to welcome our new staff to 1CT and I am confident our students, parents, and school – community will benefit from the knowledge, skills, and committed focus to excellence each individual brings.

In conjunction, we have a number of individuals who have previously served our children and are beginning new roles
this year. This is an exciting time for them and I appreciate the commitment to add value to self through the stretching
from their previous comfort zone they are modeling for us all.

Here is a list, in random order, of our new staff members, as well as those with new roles and responsibilities for 2021 –

2022:
Tammy Pearman, CES Library Coordinator
Amy Fawbush, Instructional Aide
Shawna High, Instructional Aide
Kaylee Cooper, Instructional Aide
Lisa Hauck, Grade 1 Instructor
Hannah Vincent, SPL Assistant
Cindie Holliday, Grade 3 Instructor
Becky Story, Food Services Supervisor
Taylor Wheeling, Food Services
Dana Sanders, Food Services
Lacey Crone, Custodian
Chase Allen, Custodian
Chase Griswell, Custodian
Hannah Hegg, Instructional Aide
Logan Myers, Instructional Aide
Amy Townsend, Instructional Aide
Evan Morgan, CHS Social Studies/PE Instructor
Kara Taylor, CHS English Instructor
Leslie Sebastian, CHS English Instructor
Trisha Edwards, CHMS Special Education Instructor
Jill Deel, CMS Special Education Instructor

On behalf of our school community, I appreciate the confidence and trust each of these individuals has place in our 1CT family.

Thank you and all the best.

Have a wonderful school year.

Kevin


 Superintendent Video Message – 2021-2022 Opening School Year

From: Dr. Kevin Smith – Superintendent
To: Parents, Students, Community
Date: 8/11/2021

The provided video is a message from superintendent Dr. Kevin Smith. Subject is 2021-2022 School Year Opening. Please click on the provided link to view the video:

Video: 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR OPENING

 August 2021 School Board Meeting Information

To: Students, Parents, Staff, and School – Community Members; Media
Fr: Kevin Smith, Superintendent
Re: August 2021 School Board Meeting Information

The Covington Community School Corporation School Board met for their regular monthly meeting on Monday, August 9, 2021.

CCSC superintendent Kevin Smith noted, during the session, that the school year was ready to begin on Thursday, August 12, 2021. “I appreciate everyone involved in the preparations for the start of school. I am excited for our students, staff, and school – community and wish all a positive, successful, effective, safe, and fun year.”

During the business portion of the agenda the board:

• Approved the following hires:
o Kaylee Cooper, CES Music Instructional Aide
o Hannah Hegg, CHS Instructional Aide
o Amy Townsend, CMS Instructional Aide
o Logan Myers, CHS Instructional Aide/CMS Volunteer Football Coach
o Brad Lewsader, Transfer from Girls Volunteer Assistant Soccer Coach to Boys Assistant Soccer Coach
o Mariah Kagels, CMS Cheerleading Sponsor
o Kara Taylor, CES After School STEM Sponsor
o Pacia Whittington, CES After School STEM Sponsor
o Chase Griswell, CH/MS Custodian

• Accepted the following resignations:
o Cindie Holliday, CES Maternity Leave Instructor
o Thomas Weeks – Barnitt, CHS Instructor

• Received an update from the Steftenagel Group regarding the status of the classroom improvement project.
o The project is 99% complete, with punch list items being worked.

• Learned that the new athletic complex restrooms will be open for use beginning on Tuesday, August 17, 2021.

• Accepted the recommendations from the building principals in approving four out – of – district student transfer applications.

• Approved the preliminary 2022 Budget for advertising.

• Authorized the acceptance of a $20,000 grant from the Purdue IN-MAC program.
o The program will provide a Design and Innovation studio for use in the elementary school STEM curriculum.

• Approved the recommendation of CCSC Food Services supervisor Becky Story for the 2021 – 2022 adult meal food prices.

• Recognized the efforts of Ms. Jennifer Linville, corporation extra-curricular treasurer, as a result of the successful completion of the state board of accounts ECA audit.

The next scheduled meeting of the board will be September 13, 2021.

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

Kevin R. Smith – Superintendent

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Covington Community School Corporation
601 Market Street
Covington, IN. 47932
- Phone: 765-793-4877
- Fax: 765-793-5209
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