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Covington hires new superintendent

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COVINGTON, KENTUCKY (FOX19) -

Alvin L. Garrison will be the next superintendent of Covington Independent Public Schools.

At a special meeting on Saturday, the Covington Board of Education voted unanimously to hire Garrison, who is currently the principal of John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown.

"I'm so excited about the opportunity and I can't wait to get started," Garrison said. "We are going to do what is right for kids."

Garrison, 42, has been the principal of Hardin since 2006. Under the state testing system, Hardin ranks in the top 13 percent of all high schools in Kentucky. The ACT composite for Hardin is 19.1, and the graduation rate is 91.7 percent.

Garrison has also served as principal and assistant principal of Radcliff Middle School.  Before going to the middle school, Garrison taught history at North Hardin High School.  He holds a master's degree and Rank 1 in educational administration, along with other certifications. He was named Kentucky Teacher Leader of the Month in March by the Kentucky Teacher publication.

Board Chairman Jerry Avery said Garrison is a perfect fit for Covington. "After interviewing candidates, we believe that he is the best person for what we are trying to do,'' Avery said. "We must get our test scores up and Mr. Garrison seems to the person who can get things done."

The board voted 5-0 to give Garrison a four year contract with a salary of $129,000. His new duties begin on July 1. 

A reception for Garrison will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, 14 in the Holmes High School Café.  Parents, teachers, staff and the community are invited.

Garrison replaces Lynda Jackson who has been superintendent for five years. She announced her retirement earlier this year.  

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