New School Board Member

Katherine Covey Sworn In as New RRPS Board Member
Posted on 04/10/2019
New board member Katherine Covey is sworn in by Municipal Judge Robert CookThe Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education has selected Katherine Covey to represent school board District 3.  Ms. Covey replaces Martha Janssen, who resigned from the board earlier this year because she has moved out of the district.  With her family by her side, she was sworn in on Saturday afternoon, April 6, by Municipal Judge Robert Cook. 

Ms. Covey will serve on the board pending an election, to be held later this year, to permanently fill the vacant position.  The District 3 seat, along with Board Districts 2 and 4, will be on the ballot for the voters’ consideration during the newly-created November 5 local election, which will also include candidates for County Commission and other local jurisdictions.  

Ms. Covey lives in Cabezon and is employed as the Manager of Client Services for Justice Systems, a company that makes court management software and provides training and support for courts throughout the country.   She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing board games, hiking, playing volleyball and tennis, reading, exploring new places, and playing the piano.  Ms. Covey is actively involved in her church, and is a volunteer with the Cub Scouts and Brownies.  Two of her four children are currently enrolled at Rio Rancho High School.

“I am very honored and excited to have the opportunity to serve on the RRPS School Board,” Ms. Covey says.  “When we moved to the area, I researched schools and purposely chose Rio Rancho because of the excellent schools here.  I look forward to working with the other members of the board and community to help bring continued success to our school district, and especially to our students.”

Ms. Covey has lived in Rio Rancho since 2014 and is a former educator, having taught 8th and 9th grade U.S. History and World History in Pleasant Grove, Utah.  She left the profession to raise her family in Gilbert, AZ, where she became a parent volunteer in classrooms and was active in the PTA.  When the family later moved to Pocatello, ID, Ms. Covey was hired at the Bannock County Misdemeanor Probation Office and became a probation officer. She notes, “I was able to see first-hand what happens when individuals get lost in the education system.  One of the requirements I tried to give most of my probation clients was to earn their G.E.D.”  

Ms. Covey was chosen for the position from a field that initially included ten applicants.  Three of the ten were not able to be considered because they reside outside of District 3, and three others withdrew from consideration before final interviews were conducted.  Besides Ms. Covey, the other candidates considered for the position were Kim Lanoy-Sandoval, Cheryl Montoya, and Jeffery Morgan.