By Jim Painter
For the Troy Daily News
COVINGTON — Additional steps were taken to assure student safety by the Covington Exempted Village Schools Board of Education after last minute building maintenance talk dominated their meeting Thursday.
The board also accepted the resignation of a long time softball coach.
With the start of school set for Wednesday, project manager Steve Miller updated the board on aspects of the $19 million building project. Improving safety topped the discussion.
Miller told of upgrading the first responder’s emergency notification throughout the new K-8 building. It was discovered that not all areas of the building allowed staff to prompt an emergency signal to local police and the county sheriff’s office, if needed. The ability to signal authorities is a mandated need for the structure, he said.
To make the change, the board approved a change order with the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) in the amount of $77,967 to pay for the upgrade.
Miller also reported the final inspection was scheduled regarding the new fire alarm system throughout the buildings. The upgrade includes audible alarms and strobe lights to visually signal those in the building in case of an emergency.
Miller and Superintendent Gene Gooding spoke of the newly paved parking areas and construction of a new 90-space lot soon to be started.
Gooding said the new parking spaces are greatly needed. Work is expected to begin in September and asks that visitors have patience as the project is completed.
Miller said the OSFC architect requested $235,000 to construct the new parking lot only. Referring to the district itself, Miller said the decision to take on the project instead of going through the state program resulted in a better outcome.
He said in paying approximately $275,000 the district will pay for the new parking lot, all the new paving that is now in place, and all the concrete needed for the projects.
In other construction news, Miller said a new corridor linking the high school and K-8 building will have to wait until the end of the upcoming school year to install. The corridor will allow access to the buildings without going outdoors. He has also requested quotes to install doors on the new locker rooms to improve privacy issues in the entry design.
Softball coach resigns, outdoor basketball court donation sought
The board officially accepted with regret the resignation of high school girls softball coach Dean Denlinger effective immediately. He has been the head coach at Covington for the past nine years.
Gooding said Denlinger has accepted the position as varsity boys baseball coach at Miami East. He stated Denlinger had great success with the Covington program telling of post season accomplishments.
Gooding also spoke about moving forward with the discussion of school officials donating an outdoor basketball court to the village. He said village officials have indicated they would maintain the area and secure it with fencing and other enhancements.
The board indicated Gooding should continue to look into the option.
Gooding also reported several upcoming public events at the school.
On Sunday, an open house is set for 2 to 4 p.m. at the new K-8 building. On Tuesday, the staff and student meetings in each building is set for 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. On Sept. 11, the new K-8 building will be dedicated during an event planned from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In other business, the board:
• Approved Lauren Donnelly as the K-8 art club advisor.
• Named as certified teaching substitutes, Lee Ann Boggs, Michelle Brinkman, Roger Davidson, Courtney Driver, Thomas Lange, Paula Monnin, David Moore, Joe Newman, Sue Phillis, Kyle Ratliff, Kay Wise and David Wortman.
• Accepted classified substitutes including David Beeman as custodian; and Kevin Popp and Manda Schaffer as bus drivers.
• Named volunteers for sports and band activities pending successful background checks. They include Bryan Wiggins for the football program; and for band, Kathy Baker, Chace Barnhart, Kristi Barnhart, Adam Brewer, Jessie Brewer, Angie Herron, Jason Herron, Jessica Hutchinson, Jim Hutchinson, Janice Kuntz, Rebecca Martin, Laura Otte, Holly Parker, Todd Parker, Brandy Pence, Rex Pence, Heidi Schafer, Aron Tipps, Vanessa Tipps, Carmen Wall, Kris Wall, Jeana Zeitz and Terry Zeitz.
The board will next meet on Sept. 15 at 6 p.m.
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