Superintendent Covington

Superintendent Jennifer Covington


A Message from
Superintendent Jennifer Covington
September 2017

It’s a brand new school year in Murray City School District!  We are pleased to welcome our students, teachers, and employees back to school for the 2017-2018 academic year and look forward to working together with our parents, volunteers and community/business partners to ensure a great year in our Murray City Schools.

I am also excited for this year as the new superintendent of a school district where I have worked for 23 years. It is an honor to have this opportunity to lead the students, staff and patrons of Murray. We have an outstanding staff of administrators and professionals in place, all looking forward to the new school year with enthusiasm and optimism.

The summer months have been a busy time for our personnel as buildings were thoroughly cleaned, repairs and improvements made, buses inspected, new employees hired, and teachers and other employee’s participating in professional learning opportunities.  All efforts made to help us provide strong school communities where learners can gather to do interesting work that matters.

Education is one of those rare professional where you get a clean slate every year, and that opportunity always brings hope and possibility. This year we will be centering on the theme of We Are Murray! We will be focusing on helping kids learn, smile, and belong. We will encourage our students and teachers to ask hard and interesting questions, try new things, share what we are learning and ask for help when needed.

We look forward to developing great new stories of abundant learning this year. It all begins now because … We Are Murray!


About Superintendent Covington:
Jennifer Covington began working for the Murray City School District in 1994 as a business and information technology teacher at Murray High School. She was named assistant principal at Hillcrest Junior High School in 2004, and then principal of that school in 2009. As head of the school, she was very involved during the tear down of the old Hillcrest Junior High (previously Murray High), and the building and opening of the brand new Hillcrest Junior High School at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year. Mrs. Covington has also taught as an adjunct professor at Salt Lake Community College, and an instructor for Brigham Young University Independent Study.

A committed educator, Superintendent Covington’s personal educational philosophy 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.”

Superintendent Covington was preceded by Steven K. Hirase in this assignment, following his retirement from MCSD at the end of the 2016-17 school year. She began her duties as Superintendent and CEO of the Murray City School District on July 1, 2017.