Coventry Board of Education updated on district’s state report card grade

Coventry Local Schools Superintendent Lisa Blough gave an update to the Board of Education on the district’s recently released state report card during the Sept 19 meeting.

This year, the state gave each district and each building within the district a letter grade. Coventry received a D as a district. Blough said the grade is calculated by six components and 10 measures within those components. She said the report cards look at everything from students passing tests to graduation rates.

For achievement, the district received a D; progress a D; gap closing a D; graduation rate an A; improving at-risk K-3 readers a C; and prepared for success the district received a D.

For individual buildings, Coventry Elementary School received a B, Coventry Middle School a D and Coventry High School a D.

“At this point, we are just starting to dive into the information,” Blough said.

Blough said the district plans to develop a plan to address the biggest areas of concerns. She said at the October board meeting, the district will provide more information on its plan to address the report card.

In other business Sept. 19, the board:

– Approved supplemental contracts for the 2018-19 school year.

– Approved to close out several accounts associated with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. These were used during the construction of the new high school.

– Approved Coventry Middle School’s Washington, D.C., trip planned for May 13 through 15, 2019. The trip is 100-percent parent funded.

– Approved a contract for substitute teachers for the district through the Summit County Educational Service Center for the 2018-19 school year.

– Heard from Blough regarding the district’s fiscal emergency status. The district outlined a reduction savings plan, which was approved in May. Under that plan, the district estimated saving more than $545,000. Blough said the district continues to look for ways to reduce spending. Based on some new contracts, lower insurance costs and paying less in unemployment, the district anticipates saving another $112,353. She said the new total for the reduction plan is $657,976.

– Heard from Coventry resident Kathy Finefrock, who asked for an update on the number of open enrollment students and if any progress has been made selling the Lakeview Building. She also raised concerns about open enrolled students riding the buses. Blough said the district has about 100 fewer open enrolled students compared to last year and the total number is about 570. Board member Josh Hostetler said the district has had some interest in the Lakeview Building and the district is interviewing auctioneers. Blough said the district eliminated the busing of open enrollment students unless they have childcare or a family member in the district’s boundaries and there is room on the bus. She said the buses are all pretty full.

– Heard from Board President Chris Davis about Snap Fitness not paying its electric bill properly. He said the comapny, which leases a portion of the Coventry Elementary School buidling, is paying the minimum amount to avoid the electric from being turned off. Snap Fitness paid $8,655 of its bill, which brings the overdue amount down to $5,669. Snap Fitness’ lease is up at the end of the school year.

– Entered executive session for personnel and real estate purposes with no action taken.

The next Coventry Local Schools board meeting will be 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at Coventry High School.

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