Covington Public Schools, Virginia

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Covington Public Schools is one of 40 school districts in Virginia.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Virginia school district websites

The good

  • The 2009-2010 budget, including information regarding federal, state, and local revenue, is available. The 2010-2011 budget has not been posted on the division website.[1]
  • School board meeting schedule, as well as recent minutes and agendas, are posted on the division website.[2]
  • Administrative contact information is available. School board members email addresses are also posted.[3][4]
  • Academic performance information, as well as Standards of Learning information, SOL resources, and released state exams, are available via links to the Virginia Department of Education website.[5]
  • The Covington City Policy Manual includes a Records Request form in compliance with Virginia's Freedom of Information Act. The form can be found in Section K, School-Community Relations. The manual also includes hiring procedures and teacher evaluation procedures in Section G, Personnel. Audit information can be found in Section D, Fiscal Management.[6]
  • Division financial information for fiscal year 2008 can be found in the year-end report on the city website.[7]
  • Employee salary scales are available on the division website.[8]
  • Vendor contract information is available on the Virginia state website.[9]

The bad

  • Archived meeting minutes and agendas are not available.
  • The website does not include the results of background checks.
  • Teacher contracts are not available on the school website. Teacher salary data is available on the Virginia Department of Education website.[10]

School Board

The Covington City School Board is comprised of five members.[4]

Current School Board Members

Member District Term Term Expires
Mr. Danny Warlitner, Chairman
Mr. Rick Fuhrman, Vice Chairman
Mr. John Woodzell
Mr. Ron Morrissette
Mrs. Cindy Bryant

The current division superintendent is Thomas E. Long.

The Virginia Public School System is supervised by a Board of Education, comprised of nine members appointed by the Governor and approved by the Virginia General Assembly. Members serve staggered four-year terms.

The Board of Education is responsible for dividing the Commonwealth of Virginia into school divisions and reviewing existing divisions to ensure standards of quality are being met. The Board makes annual reports to the General Assembly regarding public education in the Commonwealth and is further charged with certifying to the school board of each division a list of persons for the office of division superintendent of schools, one of whom the school board ultimately selects to fill the position. The Board also approves all educational materials used in the public schools. Supervision of school divisions is conducted by individual school boards.[11]

Current Board of Education Members[12]

Name Term Term Expires
Eleanor B. Saslaw, President 2nd January 29, 2012
Dr. Ella P. Ward, Vice President 2nd January 29, 2011
Elizabeth D. Beamer 1st January 29, 2014
Dr. Billy K. Cannaday, Jr. 1st June 30, 2011
Isis M. Castro 2nd January 29, 2012
David M. Foster 1st January 29, 2014
David L. Johnson 2nd June 30, 2011
K. Rob Krupicka 1st January 29, 2013
Dr. Virginia L. McLaughlin 1st January 29, 2013


For 2009-2010, budgeted expenditures totaled $11,033,975, a decrease from 2008-2009’s total expenditures of 11,304,369. City funds accounted for $4,278,613 of the total budget; state funds totaled $4,685,785; state sales tax revenue totaled $616,378; and federal revenue totaled $1,011372.[1]

Academic Performance

The Commonwealth of Virginia assesses schools based on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests and other statewide assessments; schools receive two accountability ratings a year based on student performance on these assessments. SOL tests assess student performance in English, math, science and history. Ratings are also given based on school and school division adherence to the goals of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which requires 100 percent proficiency in reading and mathematics by 2014.

School's state accreditation is based on performance in English, history, mathematics and science.

Schools and school divisions, as well as the State, are rated as achieving Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) if they meet or exceed annual benchmarks in reading and mathematics.[13]

The Virginia Department of Education School Division Report Card reports Covington City Public Schools as having a student population of 910 and 3 schools in the division.

Covington City Public School Division did not make AYP for the 2009-2010 school year.[14]

School Grade Enrollment Made Adequate Yearly

Progress for 2009?

Covington High 8 - 12 324 Yes
Edgemont Primary Pre-K - 3 337 Yes
Jeter-Watson Intermediate 4 - 7 249 No


The Virginia Education Association (VEA) is the teachers union for the Commonwealth of Virginia.[15] The VEA is affiliated with the National Education Association (Sunshine Review) (NEA).[16]

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