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Coventry district offices moving to Lakeview

7/4/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

COVENTRY — Coventry Local School District officials are taking back possession of Lakeview Elementary School, located at 2910 S. Main St.

The announcement was made at the June 27 Coventry Board of Education meeting, with officials explaining the building would house offices for the administrative staff, including the superintendent, treasurer and support staff.

The building, constructed in 1928, was used for students in first through fourth grades until it was closed in June 2011. It was then leased to the Summit County Educational Service Center (SCESC) for an alternative school for students in fourth through 12th grades, according to Coventry Superintendent Russell Chaboudy.

Chaboudy said the SCESC did not renew the lease for the next school year, and district officials decided to move administrative offices into the building.

Currently, administration officials are housed at Coventry Middle School on Cormany Road. That building is due to receive a new heating and cooling system, windows, roof, three new classrooms, as well as technology, security and paving upgrades as part of the district-wide improvements planned following voter approval in May of a combined 5.99-mill levy and bond issue. Funds from the levy/bond issue also will be used to construct a new high school and make improvements at most buildings, according to district officials.

District officials reported $50,000 to $75,000 in renovations are slated at Lakeview for the new administrative offices. Board of Education meetings will eventually move to Lakeview once renovations are complete and officials move in, which is estimated to take place Aug. 1, according to Chaboudy.

Also at the meeting, George Locher, of Chevron Energy Solutions, reported many of the planned district improvements being made thanks to the levy/bond issue are now underway, including a new roof and boilers at the high school, which will become an elementary school for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Also, district officials reported for the first time in a long time, the cafeteria has closed with a positive cash balance of $60,000 to $80,000 this year. District officials credited the results to making more meals in-house.

In related business, the board approved granting a full-time food services contract to Mark Bindus, a licensed dietician, who is credited with helping the district better budget that department’s services. Previously, he was a consultant for the district.

Board President David Andrews expressed concern for a line item in Gov. John Kasich’s budget that would change the makeup of school board representation for vocational schools, such as the Portage Lakes Career Center in Green. The change, approved by Kasich last week, according to Chaboudy, requires board members to be business or industry experts such as chief executive officers, chief financial officers or human resource managers.

“This would have potentially disastrous results,” he said.

In other business, the board approved:

  • a final amended certificate of resources of almost $25 million for all funds for fiscal year 2013 and temporary appropriations representing 50 percent of that amount for 2014;
  • hiring Zachary Taylor as the high school’s new band director, with board President Dave Andrews calling him a “shining star who will continue the good work done in the past in the music program”;
  • the retirement registration of Terry Love, a long-time janitor, effective May 30;
  • a contract with American Education Corp. to offer online learning programs for students; and
  • various summer, end-of-year, annual and supplemental contracts.

The board also met in executive session and afterward approved a five-year extension to Chaboudy’s contract, with no changes made.

The next board meeting will take place July 24 at 6 p.m. at Coventry High School, 3089 Manchester Road.

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