Coventry teacher responds to letter writer
To the editor:
It is a shame that Mr. Dick Edwards does not see the Coventry Schools bond issue as an investment for the future of his community [“Coventry district taxpayer comments on district plans,” South Side News Leader, July 13, 2012]. Mr. Edwards claims in his letter that the district is trying to buy more school [than] they can afford. However, I doubt if Mr. Edwards has been inside any of the Coventry buildings recently. He hasn’t seen the numerous buckets that line the hallways to catch the drips from the leaking roofs, or that several buildings are old, crumbling and virtually falling apart. He must not realize that the support of this issue is vital to maintain quality schools in the district.
He claims the district has more “wants” than “needs.” The additional outside courts and practice facilities he mentions are considered commonplace in neighboring districts. Paved parking lots are not an extravagance, but a necessity. Coventry has gone too long without current and modern facilities. We have gotten by year after year with bare minimum improvements and are always “making do” with what little we have. The addition of the new facilities will promote growth and industry as well as raise property values. The funds provided by the Ohio Schools Facility Commission, along with the bond issue, will allow Coventry to not just survive but thrive in the 21st century.
The time is NOW for the Coventry community to come together and support their schools. Vote YES on Aug. 7.
Kimberly Milinkovich, English teacher, Coventry High School, Springfield resident
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