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Coventry High named ‘School of Promise’

11/21/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

COVENTRY — Coventry Local Schools recently learned Coventry High School is one of only 141 schools statewide to be named a “School of Promise” by the Ohio Department of Education.


During the Nov. 19 meeting, the Coventry Board of Education presented Coventry High School Principal Cynthia McDonald with a proclamation from the state honoring the high school for creating a positive learning environment for all students.


A “School of Promise” must have a 75 percent or better proficiency rate on the Ohio Achievement Assessments and the Ohio Graduation Tests for the 2012-13 school year, state officials said.


According to the proclamation, McDonald, teachers, students and students’ families have worked together to close the achievement gap in reading.


McDonald credited efforts by “amazing staff and wonderful kids” for the honor.


“I am blessed to be principal of the high school,” she said. “We focus on a common goal — every child can succeed.”


McDonald added the effort “takes extra work and caring.”


“We do not want to leave anybody behind, and that is how we truly feel,” she said.


Also during the meeting, the board heard an update on the ongoing renovation project at the high school and Coventry Middle School.


They discussed the completion of the roof project, replacement of the boiler system and the installation of new windows and doors at the middle school building, which also will be updated with extra safety measures soon.


Superintendent Russell Chaboudy said an extra set of doors will be added so visitors have to be buzzed in through two separate areas. Visitors will be able to visit the office without entering the area where students are, he said.


“It will be much more secure than what exists currently,” Chaboudy said.


Board President David Andrews said the renovations are moving ahead of schedule, and he appreciates that fact.


Additionally, the board honored the Star Students of the Month for November: senior Bridgette Parkins; eighth-grader Kathryn Nunn; fifth-grader Eric Davenport; and second-grader Gabryelle Dick.


At the meeting, the board also approved a contract with Otis Elevator Co., of Akron, for the regular inspections of the elevator at the high school, at a cost of $2,200 annually. Treasurer Aaron Butts explained the new contract with Otis will save the district $1,200 a year.


In addition, the board accepted the retirements of Donna Beavers and Sandra Boyd and approved the seventh-grade class trip May 27-28 to Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton, at no cost to the district.


In other business, the Coventry Schools Foundation invited the community to dine at Bob Evans, 855 Arlington Ridge E., Nov. 26-27 between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Chaboudy said Bob Evans will donate 15 percent of a patron’s purchase to the foundation. He asked those willing to attend to pick up a form at one of the district school buildings. Forms also can be printed from the foundation’s Facebook page.


“This is a huge fundraiser for the district,” he said.


The Coventry Schools Foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports and encourages the education of Coventry Local School students, according to district officials. The foundation solicits and distributes contributions to expand grant and scholarship opportunities. It also exists to promote educational programs and does so through various methods, including acquiring equipment and supplies.


The next regular board meeting will take place Dec. 17 at 6 p.m. at the Lakeview Administrative Offices, 2910 S. Main St.


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