COVENTRY TWP. The Financial Planning and Supervision Commission overseeing Coventry Schools held a short monthly meeting and addressed a few matters.
During the March 7 meeting, the commission approved personnel items and contracts.
There was also some brief discussion about the Coventry Education Association contract, which was approved during the February meeting. Coventry Treasurer Matthew Muccio said the entire step increase will be paid out in the district’s March finances, rather than spread out over several months.
The contract with the teachers became a drawn out process when a step increase set to be included in their paycheck last August wasn’t there. The school board had approved the contract but the state commission never acted on it, leading to the Coventry teachers filing an Unfair Labor Practice complaint against the state commission.
Questions were raised about the accountability of commission Chairperson Kim Richard. She was later replaced by Chairperson Jack Pierson.
The contract had to go back to the school board and be approved in February before it came before the commission again. The contract includes no base increase only step and longevity increases. The contact will add $160,000 to expenses and is reflected in the December five-year-forecast prepared by the district.
In other business March 7, the commission:
- Heard a report from the state Auditor's Office about accounting methods the district still needs to address. Muccio said about half of the remaining items are policy changes. He said a meeting will need to take place with the school board to make the policy changes. He said his goal is to have all the issues addressed by the end of this fiscal year.
- Heard from Superintendent Lisa Blough about the district focusing on safety and security. She said the district is exploring ways to finance certain security upgrades the district needs.
- Heard from Muccio about the Five-Year-Forecast calendar year 2017 analysis, which he said has been posted on the district’s website on the treasurer’s department page. He said something the district will be working on in the coming months is developing a strategic plan, something the commission recommended the district do.
The next Financial and Supervision Commission meeting is set for 4 p.m. April 5 at the Lakeview building.