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The Suburbanite
  • Remodeling progressing nicely at Coventry High School

  • The board of education held their June meeting at Coventry High School where the remodel of the bowling alley, the new home for the ninth graders, is well underway. 

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  • The board of education held their June meeting at Coventry High School where the remodel of the bowling alley, the new home for the ninth graders, is well underway. 
    Mike Chrisman was on hand to give an update and he said while they do not have full permit approval, construction is not being held up. Demolition is nearly completed. Concrete, masonry, drywall, carpentry, painting, all in progress or about to be started. Cabinetry, flooring, HVAC units all on order. The project is close to on schedule. He said the budget is tight with a 5 percent contingency.
    “Value engineering” and redesigns are ongoing to stay within the budget.
    The latest target date for completion, Aug. 15, is close to being confirmed.
    The board and meeting attendees received a tour of the site after the meeting and were impressed.
    The board ratified the 2011-2013 CEA negotiated agreement. President Tina Gable was pleased with the way she, Superintendent Rusty Chaboudy and CEA President Joann English have been able to collaborate together to make the district better. She said the planned $2 million in cuts by Ohio Gov. John Kasich has effectively negated the levy recently passed and would have meant the possible reduction of 23 positions and some administrative positions.
    However, “The teachers once again stepped up and saved the district,” she said. 
    Teachers accepted a two-year freeze on salaries and insurance and language concessions.  
    Gable hoped the public understands the sacrifices being made. She, Chaboudy and the board thanked the CEA, especially English and Joe Headley.
    The board approved continued membership in the Ohio Schools Council Cooperative to purchase school supplies at discounted prices. The board approved an agreement with Hess Corporation for natural gas purchase.
    The board authorized the treasurer to close obsolete clubs, transfer student funds to new accounts due to restructuring and make transfers and advances to funds with a deficit end of Fiscal Year 2011.
    Supplemental contracts including Neil Copp the athletic director and summer help were approved. Terri Pfaff, information communication specialist, was rehired.
    The breakfast program fee will increase 25 cents per meal.
    Pay-to-participate athletic fees for seventh and eighth grades will be $50, and high school families will pay $75 with a family cap of $500. The cheer leading fee for seventh and eighth grade is $50 and high school cheerleaders pay $75. The fee for marching band will be $25, which covers cost of transportation.
    Foreign exchange students from Brazil and Spain were accepted.
    The board accepted a service agreement with Paul Roundy for technology and computer network maintenance at a cost of $33,200.
    The board also approved a five-year agreement with Peterman Northeast to take over management of the transportation supervisor and mechanic.
    Chaboudy said Coventry's bus fleet is one of the oldest in Ohio.
    Page 2 of 2 - According to Chaboudy, the district has “a tremendous time keeping that fleet up." 
    The drivers will remain under Coventry Schools and the savings produced over the five-year contract is estimated at $799,000. The savings includes an upgrade to the fleet and a potential new bus garage.
    Districts such as Nordonia, Hudson, Tallmadge and part of Akron are entering into similar contracts.
    Vice President Dave Andrews said the Peterman Management was discussed for a while and that they “trust [the drivers] will be taken care of.” 
    Member Bob Wohlgamuth proposed and the board approved $1000 from the board salary fund be donated to the steel drum band.
    Gable said the schools are looking into standardizing the Comet logo and colors for everyone in the district.
    Andrews said the All Class Reunion at Anthe's on July 16. It is a luncheon that will begin at 11:30 a.m. RSVPs should be sent to Kelly Radcliffe. Alumni honored will be Dennis Allen, Class of 1968, known for work with the Hattie Larlum Foundation and Tom Seese, for support of the community and the schools through his work as a state legislator as well as his work to pass the levy and now with the township trustees.
    The next meeting of the Coventry Board of Education is July 19, 6 p.m., at Coventry High School. The meetings are taped and played on Time Warner Cable on Friday nights, Channel 16, and can also be viewed on the Web at www.coventryschools.org.