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OSBA encourages support for Coventry bond, levy

1/24/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

The Ohio School Boards Association [OSBA] strongly encourages Coventry Local School District residents to take just a few minutes of their time on Feb. 5 to vote “yes” on Issue 1.

The 5.99-mill bond/permanent improvements levy will enable the district to modernize its facilities to meet the safety, security and academic needs of its students in the 21st century. The state has rated the district “Excellent With Distinction” for two of the last three years, and updated facilities and technology are badly needed if Coventry is to maintain this level of academic excellence.

Passage of the levy also will allow the district to receive $11 million in state funding from the Ohio School Facilities Commission to support construction of a new high school. In addition, it will provide for renovating the current high school into a [kindergarten thought fifth grade] elementary building. Renovation plans for the current middle school building include replacing the outdated boiler system, improving lighting and security, adding new windows and a new roof and converting the current administrative offices into classroom space. These renovations will greatly improve the overall teaching and learning environment throughout the building.

The demolition of Erwine Intermediate School is part of the plan. Erwine was built in the 1920s and presents the district with many challenges, especially in the areas of technology and electrical wiring.

This plan will take the district from four buildings to three, and all buildings will be within a half-mile of each other, creating a campus-like setting and reducing busing and energy costs.

The levy also will give Coventry Local Schools much needed permanent improvement monies to provide for properly maintaining the buildings and grounds. The district is one of the few in the area that does not have permanent improvement monies available, which means all repairs and maintenance come directly out of the General Fund.

Passage of Issue 1 will protect and improve home values and better prepare our children for the jobs of the future. It will enable the Coventry Local School District to maintain its high quality of education and keep the schools and community strong.

OSBA strongly urges citizens to vote FOR their district’s bond/permanent improvements levy.

Rob Delane, deputy executive director, Ohio School Boards Association

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