Covington BOE seeks community input

Land use meeting to be held

By Sam Wildow -

COVINGTON — The Covington Board of Education will hold a special meeting on Monday, Dec. 14, to discuss how to use the school grounds after the demolition of the elementary and middle school buildings. The purpose of Monday’s meeting is to get community feedback on how to best use the land that is, or will be, available to the district.

The board will be going into the meeting with open minds, as they have no concrete plans yet as for what the available land will be used.

“It’s so important because the board of education is interested what the community wants us to do with available land,” Superintendent Gene Gooding said.

Gooding explained that it is not very often that school districts have this type of resource available to them, so they want to make sure that they find the best possible uses for this land.

“The board wants to make sure that the community has input on how we use this resource, this land,” Gooding said.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the Covington High School Commons, located at 807 Chestnut St.

“There are options that I’m going to present on Monday,” Gooding said. He stated that one of those options includes possible practice athletics fields at the elementary school site, but the board is still open to other ideas.

“The meeting is to get the community’s perspective on things maybe we’re missing,” Gooding said. “We don’t have any concrete ideas and that’s where we’re really valuing the community’s input.”

The school district is looking at land use ideas for three pieces of land, including the current elementary school site, the current middle school site, and eight acres of land that the district purchased near the new building site.

“We do have some ideas that we have in mind , but the community input is most important,” Gooding said.

The school district currently owns that land, but is also willing to work with the village of Covington to find the best solution for the community.

“We would be very interested in talking with [the village] about best uses of the land,” Gooding said. “But there’s been no real discussions.”

At the meeting, community members will also be updated on the progress of the new Pre K-8 building and the renovations that are currently under way at Covington High School.

According to Superintendent Gene Gooding, “This is an excellent opportunity for our district, and the board of education is committed to seeking community input on the best use for this land. I encourage anyone who is interested to come to Monday’s meeting to share their thoughts or ideas with the board.”
Land use meeting to be held

By Sam Wildow

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall

Reach reporter Sam Wildow at (937) 451-3336 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall