Covington ISD School Board Information

Regular meetings are held the second Monday of each month at 7:00 PM in the high school conference room.

Meeting Agendas

Public Comment Card 

Public Comment Procedure

At each regular meeting of the Board of Trustees, the meeting agenda will provide an opportunity for Public Comment. Persons wishing to address the Board will be required to submit a “Public Comment Card” prior to the beginning of the meeting to the Board President or in the absence of the board president, the officer presiding over the meeting. Public comment cards must be completed stating the topic of the public comment. In order to ensure that everyone who comes to speak to the Board has the opportunity to do so, speakers should have their comments prepared because no presentation shall exceed three minutes. Delegations of more than five persons shall appoint one person to present their views before the Board. Upon invitation from the Board President, speakers are to stand, state their name and affiliation (when applicable) for the record, then make their comments directly to the Board President.

Due to the fact that a school board meeting is a meeting that is held in public and not a public participation meeting, the board is required to abide by the Texas Open Meeting Law. Members of the Board will not respond to Public Comment. Instead, issues may be recorded and may be referred to the proper staff person for follow-up. The President may interrupt or terminate an individual’s statement when it is too lengthy, addressing a personnel issue, personally directed, abusive, obscene, repetitive, or irrelevant. The Board of Trustees as a whole shall have the final decision in determining the appropriateness of all such rulings.

The Board will not hear complaints against personnel or any students in a public board meeting. Any complaint about the District, including instruction, discipline, district personnel, procedures, or curriculum should be referred through the proper administrative channels before it is presented to the Board for consideration and action. All complaints should be resolved through proper channels in the following order:

Teacher or Staff
Principal or Supervisor
Superintendent
Board of Trustees

Policies BA, BB series, BD series, and BE series

Texas law grants the board of trustees the power to govern and oversee the management of the district’s schools. The board is the policy-making body within the district and has overall responsibility for the curriculum, school taxes, annual budget, employment of the superintendent and other professional staff, facilities, and expansions. The board has complete and final control over school matters within limits established by state and federal law and regulations.

The board of trustees is elected by the citizens of the district to represent the community’s commitment to a strong educational program for the district’s children. Trustees are elected at-large annually in May and serve three-year terms. Board members serve without compensation, must be qualified voters, and must reside in the district.

The board meets regularly on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the high school conference room. In the event that large attendance is anticipated, the board may meet in the school library. Special meetings may be called when necessary. A written notice of regular and special meetings will be posted on the district web site and the administrative office window at least 72 hours before the scheduled meeting time. The written notice will show the date, time, place, and subjects of each meeting. In emergencies, a meeting may be held with a two-hour notice.

All meetings are open to the public. In certain circumstances, Texas law permits the board to go into a closed session from which the public and others are excluded. Closed session may occur for such things as discussing prospective gifts or donations, real property acquisition, certain personnel matters including employee complaints, security matters, student discipline, or to consult with attorneys regarding pending litigation.

Covington ISD Board of Trustees
 
Andy Lopez, President
andy.lopez@covingtonisd.org
Term: 5/2019-5/2022

Shane Johnson, Vice President

shane.johnson@covingtonisd.org
Term: 5/2018-5/2021

Georgia Whittington, Secretary

georgia.whittington@covingtonisd.org
Term: 5/2020-5/2023

Kevin Ray, Member

kevin.ray@covingtonisd.org
Term: 5/2018-5/2021

Dusty McLain, Member
dusty.mclain@covingtonisd.org
Term: 5/2018-5/2021

Freedom Jay, Member
freedom.jay@covingtonisd.org
Term: 5/2019-5/2022

Jennifer Knox, Member

jennifer.knox@covingtonisd.org
Term: 5/2020-5/2023

 

Annual Required Announcement of Board Member

Continuing Education Hours 

2020-2021 Board Members

As of the April 13, 2020 school board meeting, the following board member(s)

  • Completed the required continuing education training
  • Exceeded the required continuing education training
  • Is deficient in meeting the required continuing education training.
Board Member Met  Exceeded  Deficient
 Andy Lopez  3   8
 Shane Johnson     11
 Georgia Whittington  8    3
 Kevin Ray 12   12
 Dusty McLain 16   8
 Freedom Jay
   
 Jennifer Knox (Elected May 2020)
   

 

Texas Education Agency School Board Trustee Training

Covington ISD Board Policy  

Click here to view the Board Policy Manual

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Policies BA, BB series, BD series, and BE series

Texas law grants the board of trustees the power to govern and oversee the management of the district's schools. The board is the policy-making body within the district and has overall responsibility for the curriculum, school taxes, annual budget, employment of the superintendent and other professional staff, facilities, and expansions. The board has complete and final control over school matters within limits established by state and federal law and regulations.

The board of trustees is elected by the citizens of the district to represent the community's commitment to a strong educational program for the district's children. Trustees are elected at-large annually in May and serve three-year terms. Board members serve without compensation, must be qualified voters, and must reside in the district.

The board meets regularly on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the high school conference room. In the event that large attendance is anticipated, the board may meet in the school library. Special meetings may be called when necessary. A written notice of regular and special meetings will be posted on the district web site and the administrative office window at least 72 hours before the scheduled meeting time. The written notice will show the date, time, place, and subjects of each meeting. In emergencies, a meeting may be held with a two-hour notice.

All meetings are open to the public. In certain circumstances, Texas law permits the board to go into a closed session from which the public and others are excluded. Closed session may occur for such things as discussing prospective gifts or donations, real property acquisition, certain personnel matters including employee complaints, security matters, student discipline, or to consult with attorneys regarding pending litigation.

The board of trustees is elected by the citizens of the district to represent the community’s commitment to a strong educational program for the district’s children. Trustees are elected at-large annually in May and serve three-year terms. Board members serve without compensation, must be qualified voters, and must reside in the district.

The May 2, 2020 School Trustee election has been cancelled. Please see the Order of Cancellation.

2020 Candidate Information
  • Pick up a candidate packet in the Covington ISD Administration Office. Packets will be available in January 6, 2020
  • Return the completed applications to Lisa Nivens in the Superintendent’s Office by February 14, 2020 by 4:00pm

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Polling Places

Early Voting  Weekdays April 20, 2020 - April 30, 2020 - City of Covington, 402 Gathings, Covington, TX  76636

Election Day - May 2, 2020 / 7am -7pm at City of Covington, 402 Gathings, Covington, TX  76636

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Voter Resources

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The purpose of the election is to elect two individuals to serve full three year terms as trustees on the Covington Independent School District school board of trustees. Chris Lidster and Georgia Whittington are currently holding these two at-large positions.

Important Election Dates and Deadlines 

  • First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail: Wednesday, January 1, 2020 

  • First Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot: Wednesday, January 15, 2020

  • Last Day to File for a Place on the General Election Ballot: Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 4:00pm

  • Last Day to Order General Election: Friday, February 14, 2020 

  • Last Day to File a Declaration of Write-in Candidacy: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

  • Last Day to Register to VOTE: Thursday, April 2, 2020

  • Early Voting Begins: Monday, April 20, 2020

  • Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (Received, not Postmarked): Friday, February 14, 2020

  • Early Voting Ends: Tuesday, April 30, 2020

  • Election Day May 2, 2020

For more information, please contact Lisa Nivens at (254) 854-2215 ext. 10

Covington ISD

501 N. Main

Covington, TX  76636

 

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Texas School Boards

Texas school districts and charters are overseen by school boards. The boards of independent school districts are elected by the citizens of their communities, while the boards of charter schools are appointed.

In each instance, the school board oversees the management of the district or charter school and ensures that the superintendent implements and monitors district operations.  The board and the superintendent work together as a team to bring about the best education possible for the boys and girls they serve.

To make sure they carry their job out appropriately, school trustees are required to receive training in the laws and rules of the state education system.

Should the management of a district or charter fail to carry out its duty, the commissioner of education has the authority to impose a sanction by installing a monitor, conservator or board of managers. At any given time, only about a dozen of the more than 1,200 school districts and charters receive this type of school governance intervention.

Eligibility Requirements  (Tex. Elec. Code § 141.001)

An individual is eligible to be a candidate for, or elected or appointed to, a Texas school board if the individual:

  1. is a United States citizen;
  2. is 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term to be filled at the election or on the date of appointment, as applicable;
  3. has not been determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote;
  4. has not been finally convicted of a felony from which the individual has not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities;
  5. has resided continuously in the state for 12 months and in the territory from which the office is elected for six months immediately preceding the following date:
    1. for an independent candidate, the date of the regular filing deadline for a candidate’s application for a place on the ballot; 
    2. for a write-in candidate,the date of the election at which the candidate’s name is written in; or 
    3. for an appointee to an office, the date the appointment is made;
  6. is registered to vote in the territory from which the office is elected on the date described above; and
  7. satisfies any other eligibility requirements prescribed by law for the office

Resources for Board Candidates

Frequently Asked Questions about Running for School Board

Become a Board Member (Texas Association of School Boards)

Training Video for School Board Candidates (Texas Association of School Boards)

Ethical Campaigning

Once you have made a decision to run for the school board, follow these general practices to ensure you conduct your campaign ethically

  • Focus attention on issues and avoid attacking or finding fault in individuals—either opponents or district employees.
  • Prepare for campaigning by becoming familiar with the issues in your district.
  • Be sure facts used in your campaign are accurate.
  • Keep your focus on what you would like to see happen in your district.
  • Avoid making promises that you as an individual cannot keep without board support.

These practices will not only demonstrate your leadership to the community, but will also help you establish a positive foundation for working with other school board members and administrators if you do get elected to serve. After all, since school board members have authority only as a corporate body, not as individuals, this cooperation is essential to accomplish any positive results for your district.