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Coventry board hears track project update

COVENTRY — The Coventry Local Schools Board of Education heard an update from the Coventry Track Committee during the March 20 board meeting about the replacement of the track.

The committee consists of Ed Egan, Coventry track coach and Coventry High School (CHS) teacher, along with Danny Savage, past track coach and current Coventry Elementary School (CES) principal.

They shared the importance of replacing the track and the history of the track’s condition, adding replacing the surface would benefit athletes’ safety and the longevity of the track program. The committee recommended a six-lane track over an eight-lane option stating the six-lane track would suffice in providing appropriate space for practice, hosting meets and utilization by classes and other sports.

Currently the district has posted a request for proposal for the track replacement project with the plan to review bids in mid-April.

Board member Chris Davis thanked the committee for the presentation and said the replacement project has needed to happen for some time.

Also during the meeting, Davis reported the Coventry Middle School boardwalk project has received some additional funding to extend the current boardwalk. He said the boardwalk will be extended along with adding a 20-by-20 platform. This will allow for teachers to be able to take an entire class to the outdoor space. Davis said organizations making this possible include the Coventry Schools Foundation, Portage Lakes Advisory, The Ducks and a few additional private donors.

In other business, the board approved:

  • the retirements of CES teachers Fredrica Dial, Lori Hall and Lori Mitchell;
  • the resignations of CES teachers Abigail Wiley and Melanie Cunningham;
  • three-year contracts for Tim Budd, CHS assistant principal; Donald Schenz, director of curriculum and instruction; and Shannon DeMita, director of fiscal systems; and
  • a three-year service agreement with Northeast Ohio Network for Educational Technology Service for managed internal broadband services at an annual cost of $15,390.

The board will next meet April 17 at 6 p.m. in the media center at Coventry High School, located at 1135 Portage Lakes Drive.