COVENTRY TWP. Coventry Treasurer Matthew Muccio has officially submitted his letter of resignation to the Coventry Board of Education.
During the April 18 school board meeting, President Chris Davis read the letter from Muccio, which was short.
Muccio’s last day in the district will be May 18.
Muccio, in his third year of his contract, sent out an email earlier this month to staff saying he would step aside and let someone else take over following recent criticism that he wasn’t working quickly enough to get the district out of fiscal emergency.
Davis said he knows there have been ups and downs for Muccio, but said the district has made a huge turnaround. He said the district has gone from a several million dollar deficit to things looking more positive with still some uncertainty towards the end of the next five years financially.
Board member Josh Hostetler said Muccio was very dedicated to the district and he cared deeply about it. Board member Jeff Skaggs also thanked Muccio for all he has done and said he knows Muccio put in a lot of effort and that it wasn’t easy.
"Thank you, I think you did a great job," Skaggs said.
Board member Vicki Tavenier said Muccio stepped into a nearly impossible situation and took on the challenge. Board member Ron Reed wished Muccio the best in the future.
Davis said the board will begin searching for a replaced treasurer right away. He said the board is likely to find an interim treasurer as a permanent replacement is sought.
In other business April 18, the board:
- Heard from Superintendent Lisa Blough that the district is hosting a Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event Training for the community and staff at 4:30 p.m. May 16 at Coventry High School.
- Heard from Blough about the Summit County Sheriff's Office using a special deputy program to help increase patrols around the schools and in the schools at no cost to the district.
- Heard from Blough also about Lowe's donating restroom facilities to Coventry Middle Schools. Lowe's on Arlington Road is remodeling its restrooms and the old sinks, toilets and stalls are being donated to the district. She said there will be enough items to redo all the bathrooms in the school, which are in need of renovations.
- Heard from Muccio that the district has three more payments to make, one in April, May and June and the district will be done paying back the $4.8 million it borrowed from the state.
- Approved a contract with JP Mohler LLC, who will look to see if the district overspent or failed to collect any money through a rebate between 2013 and 2017. The contract comes at no cost to the district. Many school districts across the state are contracting with this company to see if any money can be returned. Any money found is split in half between JP Mohler LLC and the district.
- Approved on first reading four policy changes, which were requested through the Accounting Methods report the State Auditor's Office provided the district with.
- Approved for Vicki Tavenier to be the school board representative for the Coventry Education Association contract discussions
- Approved for Reed to be the school board representative for discussions regard the OAPSE contract.
- Approved for Hostetler to be the school board representative for the Business Advisory Council, with Tavenier as the alternate.
- Approved for Reed to be the school board representative for the review of proposals for insurance. The district is expected to receive proposals in the next month or two.
- Approved the Club Hope Grant from GPD for middle school teacher James Trogdon in the amount of $20,000. Trogdon already has raised about $40,000, which he is putting toward constructing a greenhouse at the middle school. Blough congratulated Trogdon on receiving the grant.
- Entered executive session early in the meeting and again at the end to discuss personnel.
The next Coventry Local Schools board meeting will be at 6 p.m. May 16 at the Lakeview Administrative Offices.