By Allison Gallagher
For the Daily Call
COVINGTON — One of the biggest items of the night at the Covington board of education meeting was the approval of confidential employee salary increases. Upon recommendation of the superintendent, the board approved a 2 percent base salary increase and restoration of two steps that were frozen during the salary step freeze that occurred during the 2011-12 and 2013-14 school years.
The board members also voted to approve the annexation agreement, which will bring 7.2 acres of land in Newberry Township into the village of Covington. According to board president W. Dean Pond, the land was sought out because of its advantages for the school.
“There were some issues with drainage, and the land would help alleviate those,” Pond said.
Along with authorizing the annexation, the board also authorized the superintendent, treasurer and board president to sign any legal documents over the land as the sole owner and gave Frank J. Patrizio right to act as the board’s agent.
School started in Covington, which the individual school principals shared with the board. 70 kindergartners have started in the district, and according to each principal, the first week of school has been going well.
Donations were approved and accepted from Felger Memorial Trust and the Veterans Memorial Fund to fund scholarship support for the Felger Scholarship Fund and Covington high school band, in the respective amounts of $10,275.04 and $225.
Allowances for cell phone usage were approved, which grants the superintendent, treasurer and principals $420; the technology director and both athletic directors $480; and the transportation director, custodians and bus drivers an allowance of $300.
The 8th grade Smoky Mountain trip was approved for April 26 through May 2, 2015, as well as the approval of the worker’s compensation group rating program. The approval for the compensation program means that the district will participate in the Ohio SchoolComp 2015 Worker’s School Boards Association and the Ohio Association of School Business Officials, for a fee of $400.
Ten individuals were approved as certified substitute teachers for the 2014-15 school years after successfully passing background checks, transcript verifications and proving they had proper licensure. Additionally, three tutors were approved, as was a certified contract degree for David Tobias, supplemental contracts two high school teachers, and reassignment for a couple of certified employees.