COVINGTON — Covington High School welcomed Josh Meyer as their new principal this year, and he has enjoyed settling into his new role in the school district in the weeks he’s been on the job.
“It’s been going very well,” Meyer said. “Our students work very hard every day.”
Meyer also commended Covington High School’s teaching staff, saying, “They’ve been very welcoming and very cooperative … They’ve really been terrific.”
Meyer also noted the community’s support.
“The community does a terrific job of supporting us,” Meyer said.
In addition to their support for the school district, Meyer also commended the community for being supportive toward his family and him, welcoming them to the area. Meyer and his wife, Becky, have five children, three of whom are enrolled in Covington schools.
“The community and school have made it an easy adjustment for them,” Meyer said.
Meyer, who studied at Wright State University, was previously the assistant principal and athletic director at Napoleon Junior and Senior High School in Napoleon, which is approximately 44 miles southwest of Toledo in Henry County. He had been the athletic director at Napoleon since 2014.
Prior to his time at Napoleon, Meyer was at Cory-Rawson High School in Hancock County for 12 years, six of which he was also their athletic director. Meyer taught math and coached football and track at Cory-Rawson.
Handling the variety of issues he might face in a day has been one of the biggest parts of his transition into his new position, but the different roles that Meyer has filled in the past in his career have prepared him for the broad array of issues that he encounters. From addressing community and staff relations to providing educational leadership or even addressing a broken water fountain, Meyer’s prepared to handle whatever comes across his desk daily.
“Prioritizing is very important,” Meyer said.
As for goals he hopes to accomplish, he said that the high school is working on workforce preparation, such as highlighting being on time and prepared, as those are skills that carry over into people’s every day lives.
Meyer also said that one of the major things that they are working on is their Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) initiative, which promotes positive behavior through proactive strategies.
“We are working on teaching, recognizing, and rewarding positive behavior in our students,” Meyer said.
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