COVINGTON, Ind. — School board members Monday approved high school book fees for the 2014-15 school year. Superintendent Kirk Booe explained there was an adjustment of the book fees to help offset the costs of the new student computing devices, the Chromebooks.
Booe added they “attempted to reduce or eliminate book rental fees across the board in an effort to keep prices still reasonable with the addition of the student devices.” Book fees that remained the same included vocational textbooks, vocabulary workbooks and science lab supply fees. Chromebooks will replace many of the traditional textbooks. Parents will be introduced to the new student devices or Covington Chrome on July 29 for ninth- and 11th-grade parents and on July 31 for 10th- and 12th-grade parents at the high school.
“This is an informational meeting for parents to ask questions and get answers about the new student devices,” Booe said.
In other business, school board members:
• Conducted the first reading of Policy 443, the new policy regarding the possession of firearms on school property based on the new Indiana State law. This policy applies to persons who may legally possess a firearm under Indiana law. No school employee may possess a firearm in a school building or on school property while on duty as a school employee unless it is locked in the employee’s vehicle and out of sight, except as authorized by the board. Only law enforcement officers employed as school security officers are allowed to possess firearms in school building or on school property while carrying out their duties as a school employee. No person, including school board members, may intentionally or openly display a firearm at any public meeting of the school board.
• Approved the quote of $19,300 from BR Bleachers of Woodstock, Ill., to furnish and replace four sections of bleachers at the soccer field. The work will be completed by Aug. 12.