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Coventry Local Schools Board of Education

10/31/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Three to be elected

David Andrews
Chris Davis
Raymond Rose Sr.
Tom Thompson
Robert Wohlgamuth
David Andrews

Personal information: Incumbent Andrews is single and has two children.

Age: 62

Resident of: Coventry

Education: Graduate, Coventry High School (1969); B.S.Ed., The University of Akron (1973)

Profession: Currently, member, Coventry Local Schools Board of Education (about 16 years); retired, Summit County Sheriff’s Office (32 years)

Professional activities: None provided

Campaign website: None provided

What makes you the better candidate?

“There are several things that make me the ‘better candidate’. I along with the other incumbents seeking re-election bring to the board a high level of experience, commitment to our children, a willingness to learn and knowledge of the policies and operations of the district. I am still learning and growing. As education changes so must we learn. It’s a continuous learning experience. With the passage of the recent Bond/PI levy we are beginning a new chapter in the history of Coventry Schools and Coventry Township. Renovations to our schools have already started and some are complete. A new high school will soon be under construction. I want to see this project through to its completion. Additionally, with new state mandates such as common core curriculum, teacher evaluations and other changes, I believe it is critical that our district maintain a high level of experience on the board of education. Perhaps the most important thing that makes me the ‘better candidate’ is my dedication to our children. Every decision I make on the board is always guided by this question, ‘what is the best decision for our children?’ I look forward to continuing working for our children and community.”

 

Chris Davis

Personal information: Davis is married and has two children.

Age: 48

Resident of: Coventry

Education: Graduate, Coventry High School (1983); B.A., Occidental College, biology (1987); M.S., San Diego State University, biology (1995)

Profession: Currently, plant biologist, Cuyahoga Valley National Park (four years); formerly, chief of resource management, San Juan Island National Historical Park (two years); formerly, chief of resource management, Minute Man National Historical Park (six years); formerly, natural resource specialist, Denver Service Center/National Park Service (two years)

Professional activities: Currently, classroom volunteer; currently, water quality monitor, Portage Lakes Advisory Council; currently, member, Coventry Levy Committee; currently, volunteer grant researcher; currently, hospital transport volunteer

Campaign website: None provided

What makes you the better candidate?

“My classroom, fund-raising, and project-management experience set me apart from other candidates running for Coventry’s Board of Education.

“I come from a family of educators. My grandma was a teacher and my mom retired after a career teaching in Coventry. My first permanent job after college was working as a classroom assistant with special-education and at-risk students. I’ve volunteered in numerous classrooms and understand the sacrifices teachers make. I also understand their rewards are not those typically valued by modern society. No profession is better or more important than teaching.

“I have raised millions of dollars from private foundations and other sources. For example, I recently collaborated to write and receive a $420,000 grant in partnership with Cleveland Metroparks. Although local tax payers fund most district activities, huge opportunities exist to support tax dollars with outside funding.

“I also have managed large-scale, multi-year projects from conception through construction, including developing and evaluating alternatives. At one national park, I coordinated projects totaling millions of dollars to restore historic sites and structures associated with our Nation’s first battlefield.

“As a Coventry graduate, my combination of personal and professional experience is unmatched by other candidates.”

 

Raymond Rose Sr.

Personal information: Rose is married and has two children and one grandchild.

Age: 56

Resident of: Coventry

Education: Graduate, Coventry High School (1975)

Profession: Currently, foreman, Duer Construction (four and one-half years); formerly, Moser Construction (four years); formerly, F.B.S. Construction (six years)

Professional activities: None provided

Campaign website: None provided

What makes you the better candidate?

“I’m the better candidate because I’m not a part of the superintendents yes club Part of the money they are spending comes from me. I care about the student, teachers, bus drivers and aids of Coventry It’s my township. What happens here happens to me”

 

Tom Thompson

Personal information: Incumbent Thompson is married and has two children and six grandchildren.

Age: 61

Resident of: Coventry

Education: Coventry High School

Profession: Currently, member, Coventry Local Schools Board of Education (2004-present); retired, Coventry Township fireman (23 years); formerly, custodian, Coventry Local Schools (five years)

Professional activities: None provided

Campaign website: None provided

What makes you the better candidate?

“Iv had the honor to be part of a team that has brought Coventry to ‘Excellent with Distinction’

“Coventry is on the right path with fixing the old and building a new High school. Its nice to know that a child can concentrate on studies and not worry about the ceiling falling in on them I’d like to be part of a team that keeps in going in the right direction”

Robert Wohlgamuth

Personal information: Incumbent Wohlgamuth is married and has three children and four grandchildren.

Age: 59

Resident of: Coventry

Education: Graduate, Coventry High School (1972); attended, The University of Akron, engineering

Profession: Currently, member, Coventry Local Schools Board of Education (1986-90, 1998-present; president, nine years; vice president, nine years); currently, senior test engineer, Nexen Tire America Technology Center (five and one-half years); formerly, senior associate engineer, manager, Tire Analysis Department, North America Continental/General Tire & Rubber Co. (33 years)

Professional activities: Member, Portage Lakes Career Center Board of Education (18 years; president, three years; vice president, three years); member, Coventry Levy Committee (20 years; levy chair/co-chair; currently, treasurer); formerly, president, Coventry Digital Academy Board of Directors (two years); formerly, co-youth director, Lockwood United Methodist Church (1994-98)

Campaign website: None provided

What makes you the better candidate?

“I feel I am the best candidate for the Coventry Board of Education because of my experience, vested interest in Coventry Schools and lifetime resident of Coventry Township. As an elected official, I have served as a member of the Coventry Local Board of Education for 20 years. During this time frame I have also served on The Portage Lakes Career Center Board of Education for 18 years. I have gained the experience in school law, finance, education initiatives, negotiations as well as other educational related issues that one needs to make the decisions required of a school board member. I am a lifetime resident of Coventry Township and have a desire to give back to this community for all they have given to me during my childhood years. As a lifetime resident I want to see the very best for our community and am more than willing to work to achieve the very best for Coventry. I continue to have a vested interest in Coventry Schools as my granddaughter now is a first grader who will be coming through the school system. I will continue to fight for the very best for the students attending Coventry Schools.”

 

Editor’s note: Charles Zittle, a candidate for Coventry Local Schools Board of Education, did not submit information to be included in the South Side News Leader’s Voter Guide.

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