Covington BOE preps for upcoming school year

COVINGTON — The Covington Board of Education approved several administrative items during its regular session on Wednesday, including Neola replacement policies regarding teacher evaluations, non-discrimination on the basis of sex, and formal complaints of sexual harassment.

The teacher evaluation policy refers to the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) 2.0. This new evaluation framework will not be put to use until the 2021-2021 school year, according to Superintendent Gene Gooding, and Covington Exempted Village Schools will continue to operate under OTES 1.0 until then.

To learn the differences between the two evaluation frameworks, visit www.education.ohio.gov.

In relation to the non-discrimination/sexual harassment complaint policies, Gooding said all administrators will complete a 10-hour training on these issues.

In other business, the board:

• Approved an updated Return to School Contingency Plan for the 2020-2021 school year, which now includes the use of masks as required rather than recommended, in compliance with state orders.

• Approved the following donations: $11,910 to the Felger Scholarship Fund from the Felger Memorial Trust; and $1,000 to the General Fund COVID-19-related expenses from Koverman Insurance.

• Approved bus routes for the 2020-2021 school year.

• Approved an agreement with Aerie #3998 for the use of their facility on Rangeline Road for training and cross country meets.

• Approved annual cell phone allowances for staff and administrators.

• Approved a list of certified and classified personnel, coaches, and supplemental contracts.

• Gave approval for the treasurer and superintendent to enter into various agreements with the Miami County ESC throughout the school year.

• Approved the Remote Learning Plan in the event that schools are forced to close again due to COVID-19.

• Approved a contract with the Montgomery County ESC for online learning.

• Held a first reading of Neola a new policy regarding facial coverings during pandemic/epidemic events and a revised policy regarding attendance.

The board will meet in special session Thursday, Aug. 20, to give final approval for the aforementioned Neola policies and long-term substitutes, along with any other business that may present itself from now until then.

The next regular session for the board is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m.