The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 11, 2014

Weather forces change in Covington school calendar

Associated Press

COVINGTON, Ind. — Covington Superintendent Kirk Booe told school board members Monday the school calendar has been updated and the last student day will be May 28.

Graduation will remain on May 24. The last student day had been originally scheduled as May 22, but the last day was pushed back by all of the school closures and late arrivals due to the snowy and cold weather. The state also has given the school more flexibility for the upcoming ISTEP testing in March and has extended the applied skills testing time frame to March 3 through March 21. The ISTEP originally had to be completed from March 3-12.

The high school play has been rescheduled three times due to the weather and now is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Booe said he wants to “publicly thank all the custodians, maintenance workers, Fountain County highway department, and school bus drivers for all their hard work this year during this unusually bad winter”. The custodians have worked hard to keep the sidewalks and parking lots clear of snow and ice. The Fountain County Highway department and Covington street department have put in long hours and effort in keeping streets and roads plowed and it is appreciated. “We couldn’t ask for better cooperation from these guys; they are wonderful,” Booe said. The bus drivers have also been put through a challenging year.

In other business, school board members:

+ Reorganized last month as a school board and as a board of finance for 2014. Randy Randles was nominated and elected as school board president and as president of board of finance. Jill Coffing was nominated and elected as school board vice president. Carolyn Lloyd was nominated as school board secretary and as secretary of the board of finance. Trudie Dillon was approved as corporation treasurer for 2014.

+ Approved the 2014 Summer Driver Education Program with no changes from last year’s program. Covington high school will only provide behind-the-wheel instruction. Students must take their classroom section of driver’s education online or elsewhere prior to taking the driving section. The driver’s education fees are $275 for Covington students and $350 for out of district students. The driving program will begin at the completion of school.

Covington School Board members will meet next at 6:30 p.m. March 10.