Board of Education Highlights for Thursday, December 20

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools’ Board of Education approved several key positions for the district at the December 20 meeting held via conference call in the Central Office & Training Center. 

Dennis Covington has been named as the district’s new chief financial officer. Prior to accepting this role with KCKPS, Covington was the chief financial officer of Union County Public Schools in Monroe, North Carolina, where he had been responsible for planning, developing, organizing, implementing, directing and evaluating the organization’s fiscal function and performance since May 2017. 

Before his role at Union County Public Schools, Covington worked for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools from August 1997 to May 2017, where he worked his way up the ranks. His last position at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools was executive director of budget and evaluation, but he has also served as assistant budget director, budget specialist, and budget analyst for the school system located in Charlotte, North Carolina.  

He has a wealth of financial experience. This includes 35 years of experience managing financial operations of multi-million to billion dollar budgets; directing and planning financial operations; and managing automated financial systems.

He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from East Carolina University. Through the United States Air Force, he attended Budget Officers School; Staff Officers School, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Finance Officers Training. 

Covington will begin his new role at Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools on January 14, 2019.

Please join the district in welcoming him to his new role with the school district. 

  • Other approvals taken by the board include the following:
    • Dr. Eva Tucker-Nevels will serve as district improvement officer, effective January 2, 2019. She is currently serving as an executive director for the district. 
    • Dr. Stephen Scraggs, principal at Sumner Academy of Arts and Science will have special assignment duties during the 2018-19 school year, effective January 2, 2019. As a result of this assignment, Rick Malone, the vice principal of Sumner Academy, will serve as the acting lead administrator during the 2018-19 school year, effective January 2, 2019.
  • Resignations were accepted by the board including that of Dr. Jayson Strickland, deputy superintendent, which will become effective on February 1, 2019.