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Covington Schools Explore New Enrollment Center

The Covington Board of Education explored the possibility of launching a district enrollment center, an idea first discussed at its April meeting.

The center would be designed to complete enrollment for all grades, including preschool, and would offer services to students who are new to the district, as well as those who are transferring within it.

Screenings would also be conducted to refer students for ESL classes, health services, counseling, family resources, transportation services, and other services.

Hours of operation would be in the summer and late afternoons to accommodate the schedules of working parents.

The idea would be to improve the schedules of school secretaries who currently handle many of these tasks, and would allow them instead to focus more on parental communication, entry access, and classroom support.

There was also discussion that the center could alleviate difficulties with duplication of some student records.

The issue did not receive a vote was tabled until more information could be presented.

In other business, the board discussed a memorandum of understanding between Covington Independent Public Schools and Boone County Schools related to the new Ignite Institute. 

That establishment opens in the fall with an expected enrollment of one thousand students in grades 9 through 12, with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM).

Board attorney Mary Ann Stewart reviewed the MOU but the board decided to put it off until the next meeting.

The board voted to approve an application for a School Violence Prevention Program grant which would could cover up to 75 percent of costs for locks, lighting, technology, and other security measures in an amount of $500,000 over a two-year period. The district, if awarded the grant, would be responsible for covering 25 percent of that cost.

Students Anastasia Mahorney, Autumn Fields, and Jasmine Newton received their diplomas at the meeting.

A reception prior to the meeting honored district retirees Charlene Ball, Mary Cathy Boyle, Susan Durstock, Cathy Frazier, John Frazier, Linda Greenlee, Sharon Harris, Teresa Hayden, Karen Kerr, Kimberly Knox, Melody Kozlok, Stephanie Lawrence, Karen Liebsch, Theresa Schout, Glenna Steele, and Shirley Thornberry.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor