COVINGTON — Between the HVAC project at Covington High School and routine maintenance in the buildings, the Covington Exempted Village School District has been busy getting ready for another exciting year of opportunities for students.
“We need to give our custodians a quick thanks … they have been doing a lot of things that they probably didn’t sign up for,” board member Alex Reck said during Thursday’s board of education meeting. “A lot of people went above and beyond.”
“We made a lot of progress this summer with air and cooling,” said Steve Miller, project manager for the buildings. “There’s still a lot of mechanical work to do … things are going good.”
The heating and air conditioning at the high school are integrated into one system now with the new HVAC system, allowing control of temperature in each individual room. There is a general setting of 75 degrees throughout the building with programmed controls to set heat/air to come off or on throughout each day.
“(HVAC) is a much better system,” Miller said. “We should save a lot of money on heat, because in the past, the control system was pretty much ‘off or on’ … now it goes into ‘unoccupy (mode).’ In the morning, it will be either cool or heated to 75 degrees.”
Other maintenance at the high school include installing new ceiling tiles, new parking lot lights and gravel paths, painting of fascia and soffit on roof, installation of fence around football practice field, and construction of additional ticket and storage shed at the stadium site.
Future projects for the high school include: replacement of carpet in the common’s area and main hallways, in which the common’s area will have a solid surface for easy clean up, new surface for parking lot, replacement of doors and enhanced security, renovation of restrooms near gym/main hallway, replacement/repair of exhaust fans, replacing old furniture, improving downspouts and drainage of storm water, and painting interior walls with brighter school colors.
A high priority with the new PK-8 building is having a fire alarm system, in which will be a project set for 2016. “I don’t think we can have one building having a fire alarm system and one without,” Miller said.
The new building has made significant progress this summer, with all bricks installed with the exception of the administration area. The building is in the process of having layered interior block, with beams and roofing installed in most areas. The building will also connect with the high school. Following the meeting, board members toured the school to see the progress that has been made.
“It’s been a blessing having you here,” board President Dean Pond said to Steve Miller. “The work we have saw in the building is phenomenal.”
“It’s been a pleasure working here and looking forward to another year and working with the new superintendent,” Miller said.
The board approved the purchase of Dell Chromebook laptop computers and carts at a value of $35,226.40. There will be one cart with 40 chromebooks available at each building that only teachers can check out and use all year long for teaching purposes. There was an issue transporting chromebooks from one building to the other last year.
“That’s quite a journey,” Superintendent Gene Gooding said about chromebook transporting. “Each building will have their own (chromebook cart) and not have to transport.” The chromebooks and carts were included in the making of the budget.
Gooding gave a bullying incident report, in which he said is required to report twice annually, and has to be reported verbally and online. He reported four incidents of bullying with zero verified. Bullying is defined as a long term, sustained act that happens repeatedly that gives someone bad self esteem, Gooding said.
“I think our administration does a good job taking care of it … not having repeated incidents,” Gooding said. “If we are on top of (bullying), there are going to be less incidences.”
The board approved of the following:
- Donations from the following: Felger Memorial Trust of $10,384.04; The Stitchery & More of $350; Tape Central, Inc. of $345; and Covington FOE #3998 of $500.
- The 2015-16 bus routes
- Cell phone allowances for business use for various positions as outlined in policy 7530.01
- Agreement with Covington Aerie #3998 for the use of their facility for training and cross country meets.
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