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 November School Board Meeting Information

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

During their monthly meeting, November 11, 2019, the Covington Community School Corporation Board – of – Trustees approved the 2019 – 2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement, providing salary increases to returning, as well as new classroom instructors.  The agreement will provide a $2,000 increase for returning teachers and $1,000 for individuals in their first year as a corporation teacher.  Further, the school corporation has agreed to cover the 5% health insurance increase during the 2019 – 2020 school year, removing this burden from the employee.

“The board recognizes how fortunate the Covington school – community is to have an outstanding team of educators providing a rigorous instruction on behalf of our children,” CCSC superintendent Kevin Smith stated.  “Our teachers work very hard every day to ensure a successful educational growth opportunity for their students.  The board appreciates the committed focus the staff brings to ensure educational excellence.  Every staff member of the corporation is appreciated for all they do.”

Covington High School Principal, Alison Karrfalt, and Covington Elementary Principal, Michelle Beck, provided the board with information related to student – centered instruction.  Members of the board were presented with diverse opportunities to participate in student – centered lesson activities that corporation students are involved with in the classroom.  They were also able to view video of actual lesson instruction, with the student – led focus.

The board was presented with two documents under the first reading provision for future consideration. Included was a proposal for the adoption of school calendars for the 2020 – 2021 and the 2021 – 2022 school years.  The calendars, which follow the construct of the current year calendar, were identified by a committee of instructors within the corporation.  The second document up for consideration is a new policy (401B), focused on further clarifying the process for consideration of individuals interested in serving as volunteers within the school corporation. 

The board also heard information and / or conducted business on the following items during the meeting:

  • Approved the hiring of
    • Laura Myers, Testing Coordinator
    • Yessi Girdler, Testing Coordinator
    • Lindsey Reed, Art Club Sponsor
    • Paula Brazas, STEM Club Sponsor
    • Katie Tolley, STEM Club Sponsor
    • Brad Short, Teacher Mentor
    • Carolyn Davis, Teacher Mentor
    • Erick Stockberger, Teacher Mentor
    • Pete Nickel, Teacher Mentor
  • Heard a report from CES Guidance Counselor Yessi Girdler, related to the recent conference she attended on social and emotional learning.
  • Authorized the superintendent and business manager to provide the response to the pending DLGF 1782 Notification, as related to the 2020 Budget.
  • Approved the monthly transfer of $40,000 from the Education Fund to the Operations Fund.
  • Heard a financial report on the state of the athletic program from Covington Athletic Director Trent McCormick.
  • Learned that work is proceeding on the new district office.
  • Reviewed the status of the Rolling 10 Facility Improvement Plan projects, as presented by representatives from Gibraltar Design and The Stenftenagel Group. 
    • The board provided their approval to proceed with the bidding process.
  • Reviewed corporation policy 338, “Non – Traditional Student Participation Policy”, electing to leave the policy as is.
  • Learned the school corporation has received the state Teacher Appreciation Grant funds for 2019.  CCSC has been provided $30,488.75 in TAG monies to be presented to classroom instructors earning an effective or highly effective rating for the 2018 – 2019 school year.  Funds will be distributed with the November 22 payroll.
  • Was informed the December board meeting will occur at an earlier time, 5:30 p.m., in order to allow those present to attend the annual Christmas show put on by Mr. Thompson and the elementary school students.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the board of trustees is Monday, December 9, 2019.  The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.

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

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
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Covington Middle School
514 Railroad Street
Covington, IN. 47932
(Phone) 765-793-4451
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1110 7th Street
Covington, IN. 47932
(Phone) 765-793-2254
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