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Mayor Confirms Commitment to City's Childhood Literacy Program

Covington Mayor Joe Meyer spoke to the Covington board of education at its recent meeting, and he brought along Mary Kay Connolly, the director of the city's childhood literacy initiative.

Together, they updated the board of education on the progress of Read Ready, which launched last fall. The program coincides with the Footsteps 2 Brilliance app adopted by Covington Independent Public Schools for similar purposes.

The associated apps for both programs are free.

Meyer said that City Hall is behind the program 100 percent, while Connolly said that there are additional ways for parents and caregivers to spread the word to their children. Pre-installing the apps on parents' smart phones, which are often used by kids for play, would be one step, Connolly said.

Connolly said that the city has been creative with its signage, using words and images to stimulate children's brains. 

In other business, assistant superintendent of learning support Charlene Ball proposed a professional learning program for teachers from Solution Tree, which will be offered for one day at Cincinnati State on August 9. Ball said the program would fulfill teachers' professional development obligations. The board approved the expenditure of $33,830.

The board also approved an expenditure of $5,373 to send the Skills USA team to a competition in Louisville.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

Photo: Mayor Joe Meyer addresses the Covington Board of Education (RCN)