Covington school bus routes expanded

High school improvements completed

By Sam Wildow -

COVINGTON — The Covington Board of Education held a brief meeting on Wednesday evening, going over a few improvements ready for the new year.

Superintendent Gene Gooding went over a transportation update, saying that the bus routes in Covington have been expanded to reach more students in town.

While the district’s bus routes always pick up students living in the country in grades kindergarten through 12th grade, they only picked up students living in town but outside of the corridor of U.S. Route 36, State Route 41, and State Route 48 in grades kindergarten through fifth grade.

“This year, we’ve extended that to be able to pick up kids in grades K to 12 outside the 41-36-48 corridor, so we feel pretty good about that that we’re able to get more district residents on the bus this year,” Gooding said.

Improvements at the high school have also been completed, including the installation of new doors and two new classrooms.

“We’re in great shape,” Gooding said.

In March, the board approved the purchase of new exterior doors for the high school. The board approved a contract with Capitol Aluminum & Glass Corp. to complete the replacement project at a cost of $62,200.

In May, the board approved a contract with J.O.S. Contracting, LLC to remove old lockers and construct two new classrooms at the high school. The cost of the project was approximately $49,738.

In June, the board 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.

Grassing will also be put in around newly paved lots. In April, the board approved a contract for the Covington High School parking lot project, awarding it to Outdoor Enterprise, LLC. The cost of the contract included $205,920 for the high school parking lot, as well as an additional amount of $26,469 for repaving the back area of the school lot. The bid came in under what was expected for the project. The project paved the gravel parking lot and add on to the east side of the parking lot.

Board members Mark Miller and Dean Pond were absent on Wednesday evening.

High school improvements completed

By Sam Wildow

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