All three Covington schools are fully accredited.

Covington City Public Schools Superintendent Melinda Snead-Johnson made that announcement during Monday’s meeting of the Covington City School Board.

According to preliminary accreditation results to be released today by the Virginia Department of Education, Edgemont Primary School, Jeter-Watson Intermediate School and Covington High School have obtained full accreditation.

The announcement was made during the superintendent’s report portion of the meeting.

“You have a document on your table that is not for public release, but it may come out (Tuesday). Covington High School accreditation status for this year based on last year’s data is fully accredited. Jeter-Watson Intermediate School and Edgemont Primary School are also fully accredited,” Snead-Johnson in-formed those in attendance Monday evening.

Snead-Johnson continued, “I’m very proud to announce that to our staff. They have worked hard, we have worked hard, but we have some areas that we have to work on. We have to work on some literacy and some math.”

Snead-Johnson stated that she is currently looking over the data to figure out ways to improve on the areas that need work.

State accreditation ratings, including performance levels on school quality indicators, will be released on Thursday, Sept. 26.

Another item discussed Monday was the fundraising efforts of the CHS varsity girls basketball team for their upcoming planned trip to Florida.

Head coach Tara Brewster provided the school board an update on the fundraising efforts and the nature of the Florida trip.

“Back in March, I came to the school board and got the trip approved to go to Florida,” Brewster stated.

Brewster also mentioned that the CHS girls varsity team went on this trip a few years prior and it was a successful trip.

The purpose of the trip is to participate in a Christmas basketball tournament.

Brewster reported that fundraising efforts began in April, and since then, over $8,000 has been raised.

“Some people have donated, some kids’ trips are totally paid for, some kids are $500 away, some are $1,000 away or some parents volunteered to pay out of pocket,” Brewster said.

The cost per child for the trip is $1,400 and that covers food, lodging and transportation while in Florida.

Brewster also said that if each child wanted to do extra things, that would come from their pockets.

Brewster reported to the school board that there are more chaperones going than listed on documentation that was presented to the school board.

She also emphasized that if there are more parents or people who would like to go, there is plenty of time to book the trip.

At the conclusion of Brewster’s presentation, Snead-Johnson requested that a report be given to her and the school board each month leading up to the December trip.

The request was agreed upon by Brewster.

Other items that were discussed Monday included:

— Snead-Johnson was pleased with the start of the 2019-2020 school year;

— All three Covington City Public Schools are eligible for free breakfast and lunch courtesy of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP);

— Principals Rob Bennett, Cindy Morgan, Derek Cantrell presented their Crisis Management Plans;

— School board member Jonathan Arritt summarized the first committee meeting for school consolidation in Richmond with Virginia Department of Education personnel and state dignitaries, including Del. Terry Austin.

The school board also expressed its appreciation for the community turnout and coverage of the 10-year anniversary celebration of the EPS/JWIS school building that took place last Monday.