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Coventry trustee urges support for ballot issue

4/11/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

I have been a longtime resident of Coventry Township. I have seen four children graduate from our school system and now have grandchildren that are attending the same schools. Despite being retired and on a fixed income, I feel a very strong need to support our Coventry School levy that will be on the ballot on May 7.

Many of our schools have already been closed due to the growing need for repair and subsequent lack of funding from prior levy failure. I believe Erwine [Intermediate] is next in line that the cost of repair will outweigh our ability to keep it in operation.

I believe we face the following issues: 1. A governor and state legislature that overlooks their responsibility to fund public education as required by the Ohio Constitution. 2. School buildings that are so old they are beyond repair. 3. An aging community that does not have children in the school system and will not support any levies. 4. Property values that are decreasing and taxes that are increasing.

In the face of these challenges, I see the following positives about our community: 1. Hard work. I see hard working students who want a good education for a bright future. 2. Commitment. We have extremely committed teachers who want our students to succeed at the next level. 3. Loyalty. Our students are determined to graduate from our schools because this is where their parents went. 4. Pride. We want the pride in knowing we are providing a safe and healthy environment for our children to learn in.

I strongly believe that passing the May 7 school levy is the first step in a process. Make the Coventry School system a desirable place to get an education and watch what happens. Pride in community, families moving to the district for the schools, which increases the tax base, property values increase and so on.

Regardless of whether you agree or disagree with my views, I strongly urge everyone to exercise one of the greatest privileges we enjoy as Americans. Please vote on May 7.

Tom Seese, Coventry (Coventry Board of Trustees member)

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