COVINGTON — There are four candidates running for election to the Covington Board of Education, which has three seats open.
Sitting board members Dr. Dean Pond, current president of the board, and Lee Harmon are running for re-election. Board member Alex Reck’s seat is also up, but Reck is not running for re-election.
The first two questionnaires are the incumbents running for re-election to the Covington Board of Education:
• LEE HARMON
Family information (children and grandchildren): I am married, have an adult daughter, a senior daughter, and a freshman son. All attend or have graduated from Covington.
Occupation: Chief of Police in Covington, Ohio; honorably discharged Non-Commissioned Officer from the United States Air Force; and adjunct faculty with Edison State Community College.
Position sought: Covington School Board member, Covington Schools
Previous political experience: I have been a member of the Covington School Board for the past eight years, two of which I have served as vice president of the board.
Qualifications: I have been involved in the government process and finance for the past 23 years in municipal service. I have close ties, personally and professionally, with the community as well. Nearly a decade of involvement as a member of the school board has put me in touch with the needs of our staff and students.
Reason for seeking office: I would like to continue to help provide our students with the best education available. During my time on the board, we have built a new K-8 building and greatly improved our existing high school. I am committed to working with the administration, staff, and the taxpayers to make sure our children have the best educational experience possible.
What do you see as the greatest need to be addressed in the position you seek? I would like to expand our class offerings, such as the College Credit Plus classes, taught by our teachers, on our campus. I would like to see an expansion of our gifted education program K-12, and continue to stay on the cutting edge of technology. I am also dedicated to the retention of quality staff and administrators through fair and responsible compensation and providing them with a safe, staff and student-friendly working and learning environment.
- Improvement of the local report card.
- Continued capital improvements/ while being financially responsible.
- Safe campus for our staff and students.
- An education that is on par with the values of the Covington Community.
• DR. W. DEAN POND
Family information (children and grandchildren): Two sons, six grandchildren
Occupation: Retired, Dean of College of Arts, Science, College of Education
Position sought: Re-election to Covington Exempted Village School Board
Previous political experience: School board member
Qualifications: 55 years in education as a teacher, high school principal, superintendent, college professor
Reason for seeking office: To continue to provide service to the Covington community, which I am very proud of.
Goals for office if elected: 1. Continue to exercise prudent fiscal management of tax payer contributions. 2. Continue to provide appropriate materials for meeting current needs of students and teachers. 3. Encourage an empathetic school environment that challenges and prepares students for future success.
What do you see as the greatest need to be addressed in the position you seek? Ongoing collaboration between educators, parents, and state legislators to define positive avenues for meeting student needs.
The following are the two new candidates running for election on the Covington Board of Education:
• KATIE HAMILTON
Family information: Husband is Matt Hamilton. Lillian, Jakob, and Joseph Hamilton are our children.
Occupation: Engineering director
Position sought: Covington Board of Education
Previous political experience: Volunteer work, campaigning
Qualifications: Several family members taught in a variety of schools. All three of our children are in the school system, so we see and understand daily struggles. I manage teams — both locally and abroad — as part of my job. Volunteer in organizations in the Covington and surrounding community. College education based on scientific analysis and reasoning to make critical decisions.
Reason for seeking office: To make a difference in the community and get some new ideas in place.
Goals for office if elected: Provide a fresh voice and new perspective on decisions that impact our youth and community.
What do you see as the greatest need to be addressed in the position you seek? New ideas and plans to improve our students and educators experience at school.
• JAMES A. RENCH
Family information: Wife, Shanda; sons, Ashby, Avery, and Ayden
Occupation: Software support engineer for NCR Corporation
Position sought: Covington Exempted Village Schools Board of Education
Previous political experience: None
Qualifications: I have been an engineer with NCR Corporation for over 31-and-a-half years and have extensive experience with in-depth problem investigation and resolution, as well as consultative services, both domestically and internationally. I have also regularly interfaced and collaborated with a variety of other teams across the company. I believe that these skills will enable me to be an effective board member.
Reason for seeking office: I am a 1980 graduate of Covington Schools and have three sons who are currently students in the school system. I have spent numerous hours volunteering in various capacities for the schools over the years. I see this as another opportunity to give back and make a positive impact for all students in the school system.
Goals for office if elected: I hope to bring a new perspective to the board and ensure that the major point of focus is to always provide the students of the school district with the best opportunities to be successful.
What do you see as the greatest need to be addressed in the position you seek? I believe the current needs of the district are fiscal conservancy, now that the major building projects have been completed, and also improvements within some areas of the current curriculum.
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