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School kicks off successfully in Coventry

8/22/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

The first day of school was deemed a win by Superintendent Russell Chaboudy during the Coventry Local Schools Board of Education meeting Aug. 20.

He said students reported to class earlier that day and observed positive changes inside their schools, which was the goal of district officials.

These changes included a new roof, boilers and windows at Coventry Middle School and a roof project at Coventry High School. The Lakeview building additionally was renovated to house the district’s administrative offices.

“I am amazed at the amount of work that has been done,” said board member Robert Wohlgamuth.

The numerous improvements made this summer were possible through voters’ approval of Issue No. 5, a 5.99-mill levy and bond issue, on the May 7 Primary/Special Election ballot. Passage of the levy and bond issue allowed the district to receive $11 million from the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) for a $39.3 million construction and renovation project.

The board meeting, which was held at Lakeview, was full of teachers excited about the start of the 2013-14 school year.

School board member Tom Thompson welcomed the staff back for another school year.

“Good things are coming our way,” he said.

Board member Mark Conner said it is going to be an exciting year.

“The next couple of years will be exciting, actually,” he said.

A ninth- through 12th-grade high school and gymnasium will be constructed in the next couple of years at the site of the current Erwine Intermediate School through the levy/bond issue and funds provided by the OSFC.

The present high school will be transformed into an elementary school for the district’s kindergarten through fifth-grade students, complete with numerous upgrades, as well.

“The differences being seen in our district are quite amazing,” said board President Dave Andrews.

Also during the meeting, the board approved the bus stops, courses of study, breakfast program and foreign exchange students for the 2013-14 school year. Several staffing changes additionally were approved.

An executive session, with no action taken, was held at the close of the meeting to discuss personnel matters, including collective bargaining.

The next regular board meeting will take place Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. at the high school, 3089 Manchester Road.

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