The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

December 12, 2012

Covington school board looks at schedule problems

BY DENNIS BARTLOW
Commercial-News

COVINGTON, Ind. — The four school districts in Fountain and Warren counties will not operate under the same calendar in 2012-14 for the first time in years.

Covington Superintendent Kirk Booe told school board members Monday night that Attica has chosen a year-round calendar for next year.

"Attica has adopted a different schedule than Seeger (Warren County) and us," Booe said. "We are concerned with vocational and special education (that the four districts share)."

Booe estimated that about 11-15 days will be different, citing transportation problems.

"If (a student) follows a program at Attica or Covington, they are going to have to follow both schedules," Booe said. "We are going to have to transport kids on days we are not in school."

Southeast Fountain has not yet adopted a schedule.

In other business, school board members:

--Gave the high school band permission to take a field trip March 14-18 to Branson, Mo., where they will attend shows and participate in a competition. They will miss one day of school; the rest is spring break. Booe said the band takes a trip every four years.

--Accepted the resignation of Jeremy Pettit as eighth-grade boys basketball coach.

--Hired Evan Willis, eighth-grade boys basketball coach; Jeff McCoy, eighth-grade girls basketball coach; Melissa Kearns, seventh-grade girls basketball coach and assistant varsity girls basketball coach; Dave Thompson, assistant wrestling coach; Brad Kent, volunteer assistant wrestling coach; Troy Bever, varsity baseball coach; Ryan Blankenship, assistant baseball coach; Mike Thompson, varsity golf coach; Levi Spicer, assistant softball coach; Terry Field, varsity girls tennis coach; Trevor Dickerson, varsity boys track coach; Amber Lydick, varsity girls track coach; and Chad Tanner and Andrea Ragsdale, middle school track coaches.

What’s next

Covington School Board members will have a special meeting at 1 p.m. EST Dec. 27 at the superintendent’s office to take care of end-of-the-year bills.