To: Students, Parents, Staff, and School – Community Members; Media Fr: Kevin Smith, Superintendent Re: December 2020 School Board Meeting Information
The Covington Community School Corporation School Board met for their monthly meeting on Monday, December 14, 2020. The meeting was conducted in alignment with social distancing guidelines.
Scott Steftenagel, of the Steftenagel Group, provided the board with an update on the status of the classroom renovation project currently underway, while reviewing a proposal for the second phase of classroom enhancements. Steftenagel pointed out that a total of nine (9) classrooms have been completed, as of the date of the meeting, with five (5) at the elementary school and four (4) at the high school included in the first semester work. Further, it was noted during the presentation that the third round of classroom renovation is set to occur in earnest during the upcoming winter break. The board also learned that the placement of new windows is set to begin during the break.
The proposal made during the meeting for the second phase of renovations involves the middle school classrooms. The board will utilize the information presented to consider the proposal during a future meeting.
Prior to adjourning, Doug Hunter, school board vice – president, presented board president Carolyn Lloyd with a plaque in appreciation of her 40 years of service to the school corporation.
During the business portion of the agenda the board:
• Approved the following hires: o Guadalupe Batley, Speech and Language Instructor o Craig Sowers (ECA), Community Relations
• Accepted the following resignations: o Lacy Pasquale Speech and Language Instructor o Rachel Cotten, CHS English Instructor o Scott Heatherton, CMS Instructional Aide o Garrett Reynolds, Middle School Wrestling Coach
• Received an update on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to school operations.
• Received the following project updates: o The fencing replacement project, at the elementary school, has been completed.
• Approved Mr. McCormick’s request to launch an on – line ticketing program (Go Fan) for utilization with corporation extra– curricular events. o The tentative launch of the program is scheduled for the spring of 2021.
• Approved the payment of any unplanned expenses, during the final two weeks of the budget year, as deemed necessary by school corporation treasurer, Vicki Jones.
• Learned that the corporation’s property and casualty insurance premium is increasing by approximately 15.9%
• Approved a proposal to provide non – certified staff salary increases, including the award of stipends, effective with the December 18, 2020 payroll.
• Approved a proposal to provide salary increases for the Wabash River Special Services staff, in alignment with recently awarded increases for the school corporation’s certified and non – certified staff.
• Approved a proposal to provide salary increases, and / or stipends, for CCSC administrators.
• Learned that the recently submitted bus bids are undergoing analysis, with a decision on the awarding of routes to occur early in 2021.
• Was informed the first payroll in 2021 will be scheduled for Monday, January 4 due to January 1 falling on the New Year’s Holiday.
• Learned the school corporation has been awarded an additional $10,000 as a component of the CARES Act funding.
• Was informed the next ADM count is to occur on February 1, 2021. o The school corporation enrollment has dropped by an additional six (6) students since the fall count.
• Informed the public of interest being received, around filling an open board seat, from three (3) community members.
• Received public comments from patrons in attendance, with topics including: o The status of filling the open board member seat. o The loss of a recent staff member to another industry. o Board agenda items. o Rumors regarding the status of the superintendent’s contract.
The next scheduled meeting of the board of trustees is set for Monday, January 11, 2021. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thank you for your support of our children and of the Covington School – Community.