For the past thirty-nine years, I have had the pleasure of serving in the greatest and most noble profession of all, public school education. The last 10 years, it has been my honor and privilege to work with a truly great group of students, educators and parents in the Coventry Local School District. While the district has been under attack for the last several years by a small group of very vocal individuals, we have taken the high road, persevered, and continued to move our district forward which is real tribute to our Board of Education, administration and teachers. All of these individuals are dedicated to young people and they do not see color, religion or zip codes as a barrier to a good school system and a strong community. Regardless of the false, slanderous and misleading information being stuffed in mailboxes around town, our schools are only getting stronger. The passage of the renewal levy (not a new tax) in November will get the district on a positive financial road, released from 20-plus years of fiscal watch and emergency, and keep a new money issue off the ballot for years to come. The buildings are in good shape, our academics continue to improve and more of our students are attending college than ever before.

With my upcoming retirement, I wish this school district and community much success in the future. I would like to give a special thanks to Mr. Robert Wohlgamuth and Mr. Dave Andrews, two outstanding Board of Education members, for their commitment and support over my years in Coventry. I would like to thank the many businesses that have stepped up to support our schools and community. Thanks are also extended to the Coventry Schools Foundation, which has given thousands of dollars back to our classroom teachers for innovative teaching supplies and materials as well as giving out several student scholarships each year.

Lastly, I would like to thank the staff of the Coventry Local Schools for their hard work and dedication during some very difficult financial times. As Nelson Mandela so eloquently stated "Education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world".

Russell Chaboudy
Superintendent, Coventry Local Schools