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Covington School Board Receives Update on Programs, Pursues Tobacco-Free Grant

An update on homeless students and support programs at Covington Independent Public Schools was provided to the Covington Board of Education on Thursday.

Lori Eifert, Coordinator of Project Home, gave an update on the students and their families who are defined as homeless.  

Eifert said that the district estimated that there were 684 students out of 4,140 in the district who were identified as needing help, mainly with housing, but also with transportation. The number was up from last year but Eifert said that it fluctuate year to year. She gave a rundown on things that Project Home was doing to make sure the needs of the students and their families were met.

Stacie Strotman, executive director of Covington Partners, also gave the board an update on what that organization had accomplished recently. She said that since data trackers were instituted in the schools in the 2015-2016 school year, reading scores have improved, as well as math scores.  

Of the 236 mentored students being mentored through the Covington Partners program, 77 percent had good attendance and 82 percent had good behavior.

The board voted to pursue one of twenty grants available from LiveWell.

The organization is awarding grants worth $20,000 each, centered around "tobacco-free" efforts. LiveWell is awarding the grants to celebrate its twentieth anniversary.

Upcoming dates:

  • August 12 - Backpacks & Breakfast at Goebel Park from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • August 15 - Dolfinfest at Sixth District from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
  • August 23 - First day of school
  • August 24 - Grand opening and community celebration of the new Holmes High School stadium at 7 p.m.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor