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Covington School District Still in Talks for School Resource Officers

After the Kenton County Sheriff's Office declined to continue contracting with Covington Independent Schools to provide school resource officers, the district is still looking for an alternative.

At this week's board of education meeting, Superintendent Alvin Garrison said that the district is still working with the Department of Justice and local agencies to find an answer. 

Kenton County Sheriff Chuck Korzenborn cited a new agreement between the district and the Department of Justice - created after an investigation into the handcuffing an elementary student - as the reason that his deputies would no longer serve the district.

Garrison said that currently, hall monitors are doing a good job, and that talks about returning school resource officers to the campuses are continuing.

Meanwhile, Ken Kippenbrock, director of student personnel, requested that security assistant position be created to assist the alternative programs. Previously, a school resource officer would have provided that security.

Also on Thursday, newly hired Director of Technology Travis Huber gave a report on the state of security on the internet for the district and he said the district's computers are very secure at this time.

The board of education also approved the taking of a compensating rate rather than the optional 4 percent increase in property tax that it could have taken. This is the sixth consecutive year that the district has not taken the full amount. Finance director Annette Burtschy said that that was good news for the community and the board.

The rate last year was 109.8 cents per $100 of assessed value for real property, and this year with the compensating rate, the rate is 110.6 cents per $100 of assessed value. Last year the personal property tax was 114.4 cents per $100 of assessed value, and this year the rate is 113.7 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Burtschy said the compensating rate allows the district to collect the same amount of money to operate as last year.   

In this case, the district operated on $15 million, and to get the same amount of money this year they had to have a slightly higher rate. She also said the rates are based on assessed value so if a house in the neighborhood was assessed higher than last year, the owners might pay a little more, but if that house was assessed lower, they might pay less.

The board also approved a carryover of $!8,406 for all the schools from money not used last year. It also approved reestablishing the PTA at Ninth District School.   

Ruthie Staley, writing consultant for last year, had a 100-day contract approved by the board for this year, where she will include third graders in her scope of writing.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer

Michael Monks contributed