Jennifer Covington Named New Head Administrator of the Murray City School District.

Jennifer CovingtonThe Murray Board of Education named their selection for new superintendent of the Murray City School District at the May 11, 2017 monthly Board of Education Meeting. Mrs. Jennifer Covington has accepted the superintendent assignment and will begin her duties on July 1, 2017. Selected from a field of exceptional candidates, she is the first woman to be hired as superintendent in the history of the Murray City School District.

Mrs. Covington has been an educator for 23 years, all with the Murray City School District. She has been principal of Hillcrest Junior High School since 2009; previously vice principal in that school for five years, and taught business and information technology classes at Murray High School beginning in 1994.  She is also currently an adjunct professor at Salt Lake Community College and an instructor for Brigham Young University Independent Study.

Murray Board of Education President Cristin Longhurst comments, “The Board looks forward to working with Jennifer Covington. She brings to the position enthusiasm, expertise in problem-solving, and effective communication skills. Mrs. Covington has a genuine desire to take teaching and learning for the children of Murray to the next level.”

Part of the personal educational philosophy of Mrs. Covington is that “Education is an individual, unique experience for every student who enters the classroom. In order for students to benefit from what schools offer, educators must feel supported, encouraged, and valued.” She adds, “… (Education) must encourage students to embrace lifelong learning, while promoting the development of positive relationships among all stakeholders.”

Jennifer Covington is married to Ronald Covington, and they are the parents of two sons. She replaces Dr. Steven K. Hirase, who announced his retirement in February, effective June 30, 2017. Dr. Hirase has been with the Murray City School District for since 1987 in a variety of educator and administrative roles, including his six years as superintendent of schools. He has been a Utah educator and administrator for 38 years and is highly respected for his work ethic and commitment to education.