Covington Board of Education recognizes retiring treasurer

COVINGTON — The Covington Board of Education honored the upcoming retirement of treasurer Carol Forsythe during its regular board meeting on Wednesday.

“You were the absolute finest administrator I’ve ever worked with in my life,” superintendent Gene Gooding said. “You are the heart and soul of this place and if people knew half of what you did around here, they would be amazed.”

A Covington High School graduate and co-valedictorian of her class, Forsythe has served as treasurer of the district for 16 years.

“We are able to provide the education that we can for these kids because of how Carol has managed the money in this school district,” Gooding said.

Board president Dean Pond echoed these sentiments.

“Looking back at my 56 years in education, I too can’t think of a finer treasurer,” he said. “She’s just on the ball, stays ahead of the game, and when one of us says we don’t understand something, she is eager to address us appropriately.

“The community owes her a great debt because we have all been very proud of the financial ability that we have right now to meet the needs of the kids and the community,” Pond continued.

Forsythe’s position will be filled by Carmen Siefring.

In other business, the board:

• Accepted a list of grants and established a list of funds for fiscal year 2021, including change funds for the lunchroom, athletic department, high school library, sophomore class concessions, and junior class concessions; and petty cash funds for the K-6 office and board office.

• Held a brief public hearing on the re-employment for Brian Bohlander following his retirement. All board members were in support of Bohlander’s re-hire.

• Approved the acceptance of a donation of $100 from Annie Thompson to the Covington Scholarship Fund; and a donation of labor and/or materials from the following: Ryan Herrick, Ben Robinson, Joe Schmidt, David Robinson, Trentin Alexander, Derrick Meyer, Seigel’s Country Store, Stillwater Beach, Randy Sowers, and Phil Ouellette for football practice field goal posts.

• Approved the revised Athletic Handbook for school year 2020-2021.

• Approved the placement of new certified staff on the salary schedule as follows: Lauren Bell, MA+30, Step 8; and Kristi Homan, MA, Step 4. Homan was also approved as a certified tutor for the upcoming school year.

• Approved the adujustment of the certified contract degree column for the following employees, effective with the 2020-2021 contract school year: Tyler Cates, MA+15; and Carolyn Iddings, MA+15.

• Approved the following certified supplemental contracts for the 2020-2021 school year: Lauren Bell as K-6 student council advisor; Tyler Cates as high school reserve basketball boys coach; Kristi Homan as high school BPA co-advisor and high school multimedia/communications advisor; and Adam Sweigart as junior high scholarship club advisor.

• Approved Bonnie Flora as food service coordinator for the 2020-2021 school year, and Rita Puthoff as a lunchroom substitute.

• Approved a list of classified band volunteers and athletic coach for the 2020-2021 school year.

• Approved a list of supplemental contracts, as follows: Jarred Ganger as high school assistant wrestling coach; Lillian Hamilton as eighth grade volleyball coach; and Rob Krupa as high school assistant band director.

• Approved the Covington Gifted Education Policy and Procedures, which is done annually.

• Approved participation with ACE Digital Academy, an internet-based educational delivery system designed for grades kindergarten through 12th grade, providing alternative education options for credit deficiencies, alternative programs, students being schooled at home and/or summer school programs.

• Approved retirement pick-up for district curriculum director Bridgit Kerber, effective Aug. 1.

• Approved a contract with Clark, Schaefer, Hackett to provide assistance and compilation services in preparing the cash basis financial statement for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020, at a cost not to exceed $3,250.

• Approved the purchase of a new Toro lawn mower from Doug’s Lawnmowers in the amount of $9,625.

• Approved entering into a customer agreement with K-12 Business Consulting Inc. for the FY 2021 Ohio Five Year Forecast Program at an annual cost of $6,500 with semi-annual payments of $3,250 due in November and May.

• Approved the use of online lessons or “Blizzard Bags” as part of the district’s make-up day plan.

• Held the first reading of a NEOLA Replacement Policy regarding standard-based teaching evaluation.

• Entered into an executive session with no action taken.

The next board meeting will be held Aug. 19 at 6 p.m.