Covington Schools: Homeless Student Program to Get Assistant; New Enrollment Center to Open
The new enrollment center at Covington Independent Public Schools is set to open on July 8.
At Thursday's meeting of the Covington board of education, director of puil personnel Ken Kippenbrock presented on the matter.
He said two employees have been transferred to the new center to make it work out.
The enrollment center will be located at 212 Levassor Avenue, adjacent to Holmes High School, and will operate 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.
All registration of new students and students who are transferring should will take place at the new enrollment center. All middle and high school students will enroll at the center. Elementary school students can enroll at their schools or at the enrollment center. Any parent who needs to make a change of address, phone number, or emergency contact should do so at the enrollment center.
The Enrollment center has been established to ease the enrollment process so that parents and guardians can register their children at the same time and place.
In other business at the board of education, Project Home coordinator Lori Eifert asked to be able to use certain funds to pay for an assistant who would work no more than twenty hours per week.
Project Home ended last year with 781 students identified as homeless, 21.73 percent of the district's population.
Current living status shows that 71 percent of the students were living doubled-up, and 3 percent were living in hotels and motels. Eighteen percent of students were living in a shelter or transitional shelters, and 8 percent were found to live in uninhabitable or unsheltered places.
Data has shown that 22 percent of Project Home students received special education services while 14 percent did attend school, and 4 percent received mentoring.
184 students were identified for foster care, down from 204 last year.
Project Home currently supports a caseload of 170 foster students which generate a lot of paperwork and data entry. The new position Eifert asked for would be paid for out of the McKinney-Vento grant, and therefore will have to go though the Kentucky Department of Education as a grant amendment.
The board voted to approve the request.
The board also approved the issuance of bonds by the Covington Finance Department in the amount of $1,110,000. The money will be used for the construction of Latonia Elementary, Glenn O Swing, Ninth District, Sixth District, and John G Carlisle building projects, approving the plan of financing the cost of secure entry project. This also confirms the offer of assistance from the Kentucky School Facilities Construction Commission.
Superintendent Alvin Garrison said that the schools had been working on the plans to secure the schools, and when the Kentucky Legislature came up with a bill that required schools to take steps to be more secure, the Covington school district already had the plans in place and now the plans are being accomplished.
Finance Director Annette Burtschy announced that after much research and number crunching, the district will be able to offer the classified employees a 3 percent raise instead of the 2 percent she had predicted. This was the wish of the school board, that the classified employees be given a 3 percent raise like the certified employees. Burtschy said she felt more comfortable now telling the board that they could put back all the cuts, and revise the salary schedule to include the additional raise.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Photo: Covington Board of Education building (RCN file)