Betty D. Covington represented the Potomac Magisterial District on the Prince William County School Board. She was first elected School Board member in the Dumfries, now Potomac, District in 1995 and served from 1996 to 1997. Returning to educational administration in 1997, she was appointed principal of Dumfries Elementary, where she served for six years. In 2003, 2007, and 2011 she was re-elected to the School Board and served continuously for 12 years. She celebrated her 54th year in education in 2015, having served as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, and School Board member.
Mrs. Covington retired from Kilby Elementary School in 1995 after serving 19 years as its principal. After her retirement, the Kilby PTA and staff named the multi-purpose room as the "Betty D. Covington Multi-Purpose Room" in her honor.
From 1974 to 1976, Mrs. Covington served as the principal of the Saunders Kindergarten Center, the first public kindergarten in Prince William County. Earlier, she spent three years as assistant principal of Dale City Elementary School when it was a pilot school for implementation of year-round school.
Prior to becoming an administrator, she was a classroom teacher for 11 years, nine of which she spent at Dumfries Elementary School. In early 2015, following a request from the Dumfries Elementary School PTA and staff, the School Board approved naming the library in her honor. We celebrate the dedication of the "Betty DeVane Covington Library."