Board says goodbye to member

By Sam Wildow -

COVINGTON — The Covington Board of Education said goodbye to board member Brad Hall, who has served the district more than a decade, at their last meeting on Thursday evening. Kerry Murphy of Covington will be taking over Hall’s roll in 2016.

“This is a very stressful job, and to do it so well for 12 years is to be commended,” Superintendent Gene Gooding said.

“I’ve never seen a board member that was more committed … than Brad,” Dr. Dean Pond said. Pond said that Hall and he have been the opposite sides of a vote a few times, but Hall has “always had a logical reason” for his vote and “voted from his heart.”

“Your contribution to this board has been immeasurable,” Pond said, stating that Hall has gone “above and beyond” for the district. “You’re ability to look beyond the figures … has made us a better school district.”

Hall then thanked his family for supporting him.

“Thank to the three women in my life for being there and supporting me and being the awesome women that you are,” Hall said to his wife, mother, and daughter who also attended the meeting.

Eighth grader Parker Lucas of Covington Middle School was also honored Thursday night during the student spotlight. Principal Matt Pond recommended Lucas for being “positive role model” and always willing to help others.

“You will not meet a more caring or respectful student or young man,” Matt Pond said. “He’s just always around, always willing to help. And I think that’s a really wonderful thing to have … Everyday, and I’m mean without fail, he has said ‘hi’ to me, or gives me a smile, or taps me on my shoulder.”

Pond went on to add, “Everyday I see him just makes my day better … We are certainly proud, and we are a much better school and community for having this young man.”

During the an update on their building projects, board member Mark Miller mentioned that they are going to begin the preliminary work on the storage facility. Miller stated with the absence of two buildings, they are going to have numerous items for which they currently do not have storage.

“This is not something that is a luxury, it’s a need that we’ve got to take care of,” Miller said.

In connection with the new Pre-K-8 building, the board also approved a change order of $56,336.23 for gym scoreboards with associated panels, locker room clocks, scorer tables, and other equipment items.

By Sam Wildow

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

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