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Coventry district officials thank community for bond/levy passage

5/23/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Letter to the Editor

To the editor:

The Coventry Local Schools Board of Education, treasurer and superintendent would like to thank the community for its support of the Bond/PI [permanent improvement levy] issue that passed on May 7. Passage of this issue not only secures a brighter future for our students and staff but also brings a sense of community pride to the township. The passage of this issue, upgrading of the school system’s facilities, construction of a new high school, combined with the vision of our township trustees will help create a vibrant area in the Portage Lakes.

Bringing together an “Excellent With Distinction” rated school district with facilities that match the talents of our students and staff help make Coventry Township an attractive area for families to move into. Data shows that new school buildings in a highly rated school district help to drive up property values, benefitting all who reside in the school district.

The number of workers flowing through the community over the next several years will benefit our local businesses and bring more revenue into the township.

The Bond/PI issue also puts the school district in a positive five-year forecast for the first time in our history, and the district will now be able to apply to come out of fiscal watch [see editor’s note below for more on that]. Coventry Local Schools has been in fiscal watch since 1997, the longest of any school system in Ohio.

With all of these great things taking place over the next few years, Coventry is truly a community on the rise. Thank you to all that made this possible.

Dave Andrews, Coventry Local Schools Board of Education president; Aaron Butts, Coventry Local Schools treasurer; Rusty Chaboudy, Coventry Local Schools superintendent

 

Editor’s note: According to Ohio Auditor David Yost’s website, a school district is put into the fiscal watch category when the state auditor’s analysis of the district shows that financial problems threaten its ability to operate. The state’s designations of financial distress are rated as fiscal caution, fiscal watch or fiscal emergency.

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