During the Aug. 23 meeting, the Coventry Local Schools Board of Education:
- Heard from Superintendent Rusty Chaboudy, who announced he will retire at the end of December, about the financial issues the district has faced through the years. Since 1998, the district has had 23 levies. Of those, only seven have passed. Chaboudy said the reason the district has had so many financial issues is because of state funding, failed levies, facility issues and debt. He said the district is finally starting to see the results of having improved buildings. The district was operating six school buildings, which were aging and the district had to borrow money to operate them. Now, the district operates three schools, which are all on city water and sewer. Chaboudy said the renewal in November is critical to get the district out of fiscal oversight.
- Approved a contact with Tangiers for the 2018 prom.
- Approved the course of study, bus stops and breakfast program for the 2017-18 school year.
- Heard from board member Robert Wohlgamuth who said the first day of school went really smooth and he thanked the staff for that.
- Heard from Jane Barry about her concerns about taxes she is paying to the schools. She said she is a former educator and has lived in Coventry for 11 years. She said since 2012 her taxes have gone up 20 percent and she recently got her assessment for her property, which is up another 15 percent. She said she doesn’t mind paying higher taxes for a better product, but believes the product of students based on test scores in Coventry has decreased.
The next Coventry Local Schools board meeting will be at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at Lakeview Administrative Offices.