COVINGTON — The Covington Board of Education approved personnel changes during their meeting on Monday evening, including hiring a new principal for Covington Junior High and High schools and a new curriculum director for the district.
The board approved hiring Joshua Meyer, currently of Napoleon, Ohio, as the principal for the junior high and high schools.
Covington Superintendent Gene Gooding said that the district “had a large committee of people who worked to bring him (Meyer) in.” Gooding added that Meyer came highly recommended and “will do very nicely for us here.”
Meyer was previously the assistant principal and athletic director at Napoleon Junior and Senior High School in Napoleon, approximately 44 miles southwest of Toledo in Henry County. He was the athletic director at Napoleon since 2014.
Prior to his time at Napoleon, Meyer was at Cory-Rawson High School in Hancock County for 12 years, six of which he was also their athletic director.
On Monday, Meyer said that he studied at Wright State University and that he and his wife, who is originally from Coldwater, were “looking forward to getting closer to home.”
Meyer and his wife have five children, three of whom will be enrolling in Covington schools. They are currently in the process of relocating to Covington.
The board approved his annual salary of $88,500, effective Aug. 1, in addition to approving Meyer as an administrative assistant for the month of July at a per diem rate of $393 per day, not to exceed 10 days.
The board also approved hiring Bridgit Kerber, previously an English teacher and yearbook adviser at Covington High School, as the district curriculum director.
“It’s a terrible loss that she’s resigning as our language arts teacher, but I think she’s going to knock it out of the park as a curriculum director,” Gooding said.
Kerber has been in the classroom for 16 years, and Gooding said, “I think there isn’t anyone who knows curriculum better than she does and no one will work harder at it.”
The board approved her salary of $70,000, effective Aug. 1.
The board also accepted the resignation of Levi Smith as the district technology director.
“This is a loss to the district,” Gooding said. He said that Smith planned to teach at Edison State Community College and that “he will be missed.”
Also during their meeting, the board approved 3 percent salary raises for Covington Elementary School Principal Josh Long and District Athletic Director Ashley Johnson, effective Aug. 1.
The board then approved a security item at the high school. They approved a contract with SecurCom for the equipment and installation of a card access system on the new high school doors, programming into the existing K-8 school’s system and training as required. The cost is $12,000, with a grant from the Miami County Foundation paying for $11,500 of that cost.
The board also approved an overnight trip to Indian Hills Campground in Pleasant Hill for the varsity football team. The purpose of the trip is to hold team-building exercises.
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