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Covington Likely to Add Teachers; Students Celebrate Success with Salsa!

Covington Independent Public Schools is preparing for more students next year.

District administrator Bill Grein made a preliminary presentation last week to the Board of Education outlining possible staffing allocation needs at the schools. As the district considers a possible redistricting it may also need to add four more teachers at the elementary level and two at the middle school. Holmes High School could also see an increase of around 100 students because of the large 8th grade class entering there next year. 

An increase in enrollment is important as the state funds schools based on enrollment. Grein said that the district would have a better idea of what to expect for next year around May 1. 

Students recognized for salsa garden

Covington Mayor Sherry Carran joined the Board of Education meeting to hand out Mayor's Awards to students from John G. Carlisle Elementary who worked on the school's salsa garden as part of their summer project. They started with seedlings in their classroom and then planted them outside. After the plants matured, salsa was made on family night. 

Students recognized were: Zacharia Chandler, Calob Chandler, Zyia Burton, Josiah Burton, Vincente Lopez, Edalia Tomas, Milo Marshall, Randy Perez, Haashan Wright, Rashaan Wright, Edith Pablo, Madison Melton, Tiana Babineaux, Owen Wilson, Alijah Linville, Kara Earls, DeMarcus Winn, Jayson Escobar, Yudelkis Dominguez, Luis Martinez, Shael Martinez Pabon, NeSiah Jones, Carolin Laynez-Morales, Brianna Meyer, Mayra Morales, Amy Morales, Cheyenne Henson, Jaheim Arnold-Pouncy, Quinton Ross-Tyrus, and Sade Ross-Tyrus.

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher