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 CCSC Press Release – 4/11/2019

To:  Media Members of the Covington Community School Corporation
Fr:  Kevin Smith, Superintendent
Re:  New Principal Named at CHS

Mr. J. R. Haskins has been named Principal at Covington High School, for the 2019 – 2020 school year.  Haskins, currently the interim principal for Covington High School, was appointed during the regular monthly board meeting on Monday, April 8, 2019. 

Haskins joined CHS as assistant principal / athletic director at the beginning of the current school year.  This came following an eight – year tenure as an instructor for the Tri-County School Corporation, located in Wolcott, Indiana. 

“The board and I are excited to have a man of J. R.’s qualities leading our high school,” commented Covington Community School Corporation Superintendent Kevin Smith.  “He has been a bright light, for our children, staff, and school – community since joining our CT family.  Mr. Haskins is a man of integrity, who believes as educators we are here to serve the needs of each child.  I could not be happier for our students, staff, and school – community to see him have this opportunity.”

During the April session, the board of school trustees, recognized Covington Middle School eighth grade student Lauren Vale for her accomplishments at the recent Lafayette Science and Engineering Fair.  CMS instructor Marlissa Brewer introduced the awards Lauren received, which included

  1. Gold in Chemistry-Junior Division
  2. Honorable Mention, The College of Science Deans Award
  3. $100 Special Award from The American Chemical Society for Excellence in Chemistry and Biochemistry
  4. Gold Medalist for Broadcom Masters Competition

“The board and I are very, very proud of Lauren,” Smith said.  “Not only does her focused efforts set an example of how positive results occur when rigorous learning opportunities are embraced, but they also reflect the benefits of true master teaching.”

The CCSC superintendent also advised the school corporation was one of 48 school districts selected by the Indiana Department of Education to receive a Digital Learning Grant.  The value of the grant award is $27,761.

“Receiving the Digital Learning Grant will provide an opportunity to launch Project Lead The Way curriculum within our high school and middle school,” commented Smith.  “This is an opportunity to continue to expand rigorous and relevant learning opportunities for our children in the areas of computer science and engineering.  I could not be happier to have the IDOE assist our efforts on behalf of our outstanding students.”

 In other business the Covington Community School Board received information and / or approved the following:

  1. Heard a report from Covington Elementary and Middle School counselor around a project focused on obtaining a grant from NCHS, which would allow for the adoption of curriculum focused on social and emotional coping skills;
  2. Approved the retirement of Tony Knecht, Criminal Justice instructor and SRO, effective at the end of the 2018 -2019 school year;
  3. Approved the transfer of Sarah Martin to the middle school English teaching position, beginning with the 2019 – 2020 school year;
  4. Approved the hire of Carrie Coffing as high school science instructor;
  5. Approved a list of summer school instructors which included, Mike Thompson, Carla Everett, Carol Romine, Eric Stockberger, and Brad Short;
  6. Approved a maternity leave request for Amber Thompson;
  7. Approved the addition of one year to the contracts of building principals Alison Karrfalt and Steve Reynolds;
  8. Tabled a decision on how to move forward with the district office/boardroom construction project;
  9. Reviewed the CCSC Rolling 10 – Year Facility Improvement Plan;
  10. Approved a resolution to amend the approved 2019 Bus Replacement Plan;
  11. Approved a request to advertise for dairy bids;
  12. Approved a plan for the offering of summer school; and
  13. Approved the use four buses to transport students to Champaign, Illinois as a part of the 2019 after prom.

The next scheduled meeting of the board of trustees is Monday, May 13, 2019.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Superintendent Open Office Hours are set for May 7, 2019.

Thank you for your coverage of Covington Community School Corporation.

Kevin R. Smith


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Covington Community School Corporation
601 Market Street
Covington, IN. 47932
  (Phone) 765-793-4877
  (Fax) 765-793-5209
Covington Community High School
1017 6th Street
Covington, IN. 47932
(Phone) 765-793-2286
(Fax) 765-793-5200
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514 Railroad Street
Covington, IN. 47932
(Phone) 765-793-4451
(Fax) 765-793-5217
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Covington, IN. 47932
(Phone) 765-793-2254
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