COVENTRY TWP. Coventry Local Schools officially has a new treasurer.
During the June 20 board meeting, the Board of Education approved hiring Sherry Tyson, who is the treasurer for Youngstown City Schools.
Board President Chris Davis said the district had many good candidates apply for the open position, but a panel of 11 decided on Tyson. She takes over the treasurer position following the resignation of Matthew Muccio.
Tyson will begin Aug. 1 with a three-year contract and annual salary of $95,000. Davis said Tyson will be taking a pay cut from her past job, but her family is located in the Coventry area.
Board member Josh Hostetler said the district conducted an extensive search and he believes Tyson is a good choice.
Board member Vicki Tavenier said she is excited to have Tyson joining the district.
In other business June 20, the board:
- Approved supplemental contracts and supplemental coaching contracts for the 2018-19 school year.
- Approved hiring one person for summer technology help for up to 25 hours of service.
- Accepted the resignation of high school teacher Gregory Kulick, who took a position with Field Local Schools. Janelle Evans will be taking over Kulick's position.
- Approved to recall from the reduction list Coventry Elementary School teacher Jeff Johnson for first grade. Superintendent Lisa Blough said the district had a big influx of students for first grade and it will need the additional teacher.
- Approved a new contract with ComDoc for five years. The contract comes at a cost saving of $7,344 to the district with the closing of the administrative offices in the Lakeview Building. The district will no longer need copy machines there, so the district will be operating with fewer machines moving forward.
- Approved a contract with Alco for cleaning supplies for custodians. This contract is for one year and comes at a cost savings to the district.
- Approved two foreign exchange students for the district next year. One student will be from Spain and the other from Thailand.
- Approved student fees, student handbooks and the start and end times for the 2018-19 school year. The start and end times remain the same as last year.
- Approved a stagger start time for students to start the year as freshmen will start Aug. 21 and the rest of the students will start Aug. 22.
- Heard an update from Blough about the Accounting Methods, something the district needs to correct before it can ask to be removed from fiscal emergency. Blough said she recently took on the Accounting Methods project since the district didn’t have a treasurer in place. At this time, the district has seven outstanding items that need addressed. Blough said she is working with the state Auditor’s Office on what needs to be done. She plans to update the board each month on progress of addressing the seven items.
- Heard from Coventry resident Kathy Finefrock about busing open enrollment students. She encouraged the district to stop busing open enrolled students moving forward. She said open enrollment families don’t pay Coventry Schools’ taxes and the residents of Coventry shouldn’t have to pay for the extra buses to get these students to school. She said the money saved should be put toward teachers and supplies.
- Heard from Davis about Snap Fitness closing at the end of the year, which is located in the rear of the Coventry Elementary School building. He said the district has been meeting on and off with the owner as his five-year contract is about to expire at the end of this year. The company pays $2,500 per month in rent. The district did some research on similar spaces in the area and they are going for about $11,000 per month. Coventry offered Snap Fitness a new contract for $7,000 per month and it offered a counter offer of $5,000 and $100,000 in tenant improvement money. Davis said the district isn’t in a position to provide that kind of money and he thinks the district made a reasonable offer. He said Snap Fitness will close at the end of the year, as far as he knows. The district will be looking for a new tenant for the 13,000-square-foot space starting next year. Anyone interested in the space should contact Blough.
The next Coventry Local Schools board meeting will be 6 p.m. July 18 at Coventry High School.