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  • Chaboudy: Issue 4 is about learning

  • According to Coventry Schools Superintendent Russell Chaboudy, Issue 4 is about creating a proper learning environment for students.

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  • According to Coventry Schools Superintendent Russell Chaboudy, Issue 4 is about creating a proper learning environment for students.
    “We believe that in order to have a 21st century education, kids need 21st century learning environments,” he said. “All of these other schools around us are getting those learning facilities and we think our kids deserve the same.”
    On Aug. 7, Coventry voters will have the opportunity to vote on the levy. If passed, the levy will provide money to build a new high school, and renovate the current high school and middle schools.
    The proposed levy is 5.99 mills with a 34-year repayment schedule. The total cost of the proposed project is $39.3 million.
    The median value of homes in the Coventry School District is $83,300. Based on that median average, it would cost that taxpayer $12.73 per month for the length of the levy repayment, (costs will vary depending on the tax payers household value.) For residents over 65, it will cost $8.91 per month for the length of the bond. 
    In April, Chaboudy was approached by the the Ohio School Facilities Commission or OSFC with an offer of $11 million to put toward a building and renovation project.
    In order to receive the $11 million from the OSFC, the levy has to pass. If the levy were to fail that $11 million will move on to another school district. 
    “The feedback we’ve gotten so far has been positive because I think people realize our facilities are in really bad condition,” Chaboudy said. “Now that the state has come with $11 Million towards it I think people are excited about it.”
    Coventry Schools officials believe the project is needed because the roofs leak in all four buildings, most of the windows are outdated and leak, some days it actually snows inside the classroom due to poor window seals, the boilers are so old and outdated that repairmen cannot find parts for the boilers if they break down, and the hot water heaters are deteriorating and need replaced. 
    The proposed plan includes:
    - A new state-of-the-art high school building to be built at the current Erwine site. The new high school would have grades 9-12.
    - The current middle school would remain grades 6-8 and would receive a new roof, new windows, heating and air, a new entrance and security upgrades.
    - The current high school will be renovated into a K-5 elementary building with a new gym, enclosed playground area and green space.
    - The modular units from Turkeyfoot will be moved and utilized as administrative offices.
    The plans also call for outdoor basketball courts as well as new tennis courts.

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