The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

November 13, 2012

Covington schools to use state grant for strategic plan


COVINGTON, Ind. — Covington school board members learned Monday the district will use an Innovation Planning Grant to create a strategic plan regarding technology in the classroom.

Superintendent Kirk Booe said the $30,000 grant from the state will be used for Five-Star Technology Solutions of Sellersburg, Ind., and its team of technology education experts. The team will visit schools and assist them in creating a corporation’s technology transition plan.

Booe said the grant money also will be used for travel to see how other schools have incorporated technology in the classroom.

In other business, school board members:

Approved the 2013-14 school calendar. Booe said the calendar coincides with calendars from the other bi-county schools. Spring break has been pushed back a week from the third week in March to the fourth week in March so that the IREAD 3 test can take place the same time as other schools across the state. Important dates include — first student day Aug. 13; fall break, Oct. 24 -25; Christmas break, Dec. 23, 2013, to Jan. 3, 2014; spring break, March 24–28, 2014; and last student day, May 22, 2014.

Approved the field trip request from Tri County Vocational Automotive classes to attend out-of-state college visitations on a date to be determined in December. Booe said the class will visit Ivy Tech and Parkland College in Illinois.

Approved the additional appropriation resolution in the amount of $64,500 for the Bus Replacement Plan.

Heard from Booe about the state’s letter grades for the schools and corporation. The corporation received an A grade with a 3.92 out of 4.0. Both the elementary and middle school scored perfect As with 4.0 out 4.0. The high school scored a B with 3.4 out of 4.0. Although the high school scored a B this year compared to last year’s A, it still made improvements overall. The states letter grades are based on multiple factors including standardized test scores and growth percentages from the previous year. “We are very proud of students and staff and their efforts,” Booe said.

Changed the time of the next regular school board meeting from 6:30 p.m. EST to 5:30 p.m. EST on Dec. 10.