Covington schools receive ‘A’ on report card

For the Piqua Daily Call

COVINGTON — The Ohio Department of Education on Thursday released the first part of the Local Report Card, which Covington Superintendent Gene Gooding went over during the Covington board of education meeting Thursday evening.

The state released data in the following categories: 4 Year Graduation Rate, 5 Year Graduation Rate, K-3 Literacy, and Prepared for Success. According to Gooding, Covington schools received positive results.

“We received an A on our 4 year and 5 year graduation rates,” Gooding said. “We did not receive a rating on K-3 literacy because fewer than 5 percent of our kindergartners were reading below grade level in 2014-2015, which is very positive.”

The Prepared for Success category is informational this year and is not assigned a grade. The remaining components of the grade card are scheduled to be released on Jan. 25.

Third graders Reagan Tipps and Allison Burns were recognized during the Student Spotlight section of the meeting. They were chosen as 2015 Families Matter Essay Contest Winners. This is a program presented by Family Services of the Greater Miami Valley. During National Family Week in November 2015, an awards banquet was sponsored at the Mandalay Banquet Center in Dayton. Burns and Tipps were chosen from hundreds of entries from around the entire Miami Valley.

According to Covington Elementary School Principal Rick Fry, “This is a great accomplishment. Allison’s and Reagan’s essays were chosen from hundreds of entries throughout the Miami Valley region and we are all very proud of them.”

Burns is the daughter of Amy and Josh Burns of Covington. Tipps is the son of Vanessa and Aron Tipps of Covington. Both are students in Mrs. Knick’s third grade class.

The board also extended commendations to fourth grader Whitney Welch for winning the Covington Elementary School Spelling Bee and fourth grader Garrett Hobbs for finishing as runner-up.

Before the business portion of the meeting, Covington High School senior Coleman Ryan, from Marti Cain’s multi-media class, led a video presentation titled, “Building Construction Update.” The video featured pictures of the new K-8 building from the beginning of construction to its current state. Cain and her students plan to continue their project throughout the building process to document the construction of the new K-8 facility.

The board also received recognition as Gooding read a proclamation declaring January “School Board Recognition Month.”

“We are very fortunate in Covington to have a board that supports and cares about the academic success of all of our students,” Gooding said. “It is obvious that each board member is dedicated to creating the best possible school system for our community.”

During the business portion of the meeting, the board discussed the ongoing renovations at Covington High School.

“The board is in the process of prioritizing the projects that need to be completed,” Project Manager Steve Miller said. “They are dedicated to using the money earmarked for building construction and renovation in the best possible manner.”

Some of the projects discussed included finishing the carpet replacement at Covington High School, updating the high school’s fire alarm system, finalizing the location of the board offices, and repairing the concrete and asphalt around the high school building.

Other items approved during meeting:

• Approval of the budget for the year beginning July 1, 2016

• Approval of Covington High School wrestling team overnight trip to Lima Central Catholic School on Friday, Jan. 29 and Saturday, Jan. 30

Highlights of the organizational meeting:

• Dean Pond was re-elected as the Covington BOE president.

• Lee Harmon was elected as the Covington BOE vice president.

• All 2016 regular BOE meetings will take place on the third Thursday of the month and begin at 6 p.m.

For the Piqua Daily Call