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3/6/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Coventry officials say audit underway

COVENTRY — Coventry Local Schools was on the most recent list of unauditable entities, according to the Ohio Auditor’s Office, but district officials said the issue is being rectified.

“The auditors are currently in the district wrapping up the audit,” said district Treasurer Aaron Butts this week. “It’s not an issue.”

According to the list released by the Ohio Auditor’s Office Feb. 25, the district was declared unauditable Oct. 25 for the period from July 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. The Auditor’s Office notes that being unauditable means the condition of the district’s financial records was not adequate to complete an audit.

When an entity is declared unauditable, it is notified via a letter it has 90 days to provide the necessary information to be audited. An entity is removed from the unauditable list once the audit is completed and released to the public, according to the Auditor’s Office.

Butts said there were some “reconciliation issues” due to software systems that led to the district being deemed unauditable.

Blaine Kelly, public information officer at the Auditor’s Office, confirmed the district audit is taking place now.

“Within that 90-day period, Coventry was able to bring their records to an auditable condition, so we are able to audit them now,” Kelly said. “The unauditable status is not removed until the audit is complete and released.”


APS settles contract with bus drivers, custodians

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Akron Public Schools (APS) District is in the process of getting employee contracts in order following the acceptance of a new teachers’ contract in December by both the administration and the Akron Education Association union.

At its Feb. 24 meeting, the APS Board of Education approved a three-year contract for Local 100 employees, which represents custodial, maintenance and transportation workers.

The contract is similar to that of the Akron teachers, said board President Lisa Mansfield.

The Local 100 employees will receive raises of 2 percent, 2.35 percent and 2.85 percent over three years and will pay higher contributions to the cost of their health care, said Tod Wammes, of APS human resources, manager of labor relations. He was the lead negotiator on the contract.

In other business, in 2012 the district sold Central-Hower High School to The University of Akron (UA) for $13.5 million worth of scholarships for qualified APS high school graduates.

They are called Innovation Generation scholarships, and board member Patrick Bravo gave an update on the 2012-13 program at the meeting.

The university has certified that $255,741 has been used on these scholarships so far, Bravo said, leaving $13.2 million. There have been 66 students so far, with a collective grade-point average of 3.3.

Thirty-five percent of them are first-generation college students in their families, and 12 percent are minorities, he said.

The high schools with the most graduates accepted in the program are Ellet and Firestone, each with 25.

There are still program details to be worked out with UA, Bravo said, such as coordinating application deadlines and discussing the UA stipulation that scholarship students must take 16 credit hours per term.

The board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for March 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the Sylvester Small Administration Building, 70 N. Broadway St. in Downtown Akron.


CANAPI presenting education conference during Gay Games

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Game Change Education Conference will take place Aug. 13 at The University of Akron.

This conference will complement the Gay Games taking place in Akron and Cleveland and will focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) issues and how inclusion can affect change in society, according to officials from CANAPI, which will present the conference.

Program proposals in sports, health/substance abuse/mental health, finance/legal/public policy, aging and transgender specific issues are encouraged. Visit www.canapi.org for detailed submission instructions.

The conference target audience will be social workers, educators and health care providers from Northeast Ohio, specifically Summit County, serving the LGBTQ community. Program proposals must be received by March 15.

The conference is sponsored by a collaboration of Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Initiative (CANAPI), Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation, Federation of Gay Games, Jewish Family Services, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, The University of Akron and Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

For more information, contact Rebecca Callahan at rcallahan@canapi.org or 330-252-1559.


Kathleen Folkerth, Stephanie Kist and Becky Tompkins contributed to these reports.

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