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In 4-1 Vote, Covington Board of Ed. Extends Superintendent's Contract

The Covington board of education voted 4-1 last Thursday to extend the contract of Covington Independent Public Schools Superintendent Alvin Garrison.

The contract was extended by four years, taking Garrison through June 2026.

Garrison arrived as superintendent in Covington in 2013.

The previous contract would have ended in June of next year.

“I am extremely honored that the board continues to have confidence in my leadership and the direction of our school district,’’ said Garrison.

“Prior to the pandemic, we had great momentum, positive energy, and the majority of our schools were demonstrating increases in student growth. I am so thankful that we get to continue this amazing journey of improving student outcomes together.’’

Board Chair Glenda Huff said details of the contract, such as salary, will be worked on in the coming months.

“We’re excited to continue his contact and the vision that he has for the district,’’ Huff said.

Board member Tom Haggard voted against the extension.

"The one thing I hear loud and clear when I talk to voters is that they believe our school district needs big, bold change and our system is in need of a shake-up," said Haggard, in a statement to The River City News. "I thank and appreciate Superintendent Garrison’s years of service but believe we need a fresh start to move forward with the important work of building a school district where all students can succeed."

-Staff report