Welcome to spring! It is hard to believe we are heading into the last few months of this school year. Our high school students just completed the Ohio Graduation Test and our other students continue to preparefor the Ohio Achievement Test. We are very proud of our Excellent with Distinction rating this year; however the state is changing the way they rate school districts around the state. Next year school districts will be rated with a variety of letter grades and we are working hard to meet the new higher standards. I would like to recognize our middle school and high school choir programs for their excellent performance and ratings received in recent state adjudicated competitions. The high school Da Funk band continues to gain followers around the community and they have been working hard to raise funds for a trip to Canada where they have been invited to perform. The winter sports season has ended and our spring athletes are looking forward to better weather so they can get outside and practice and compete. We are proud of all of our students and want to continue to offer them the opportunities they all so richly deserve.
This May we will try for a third and final time to pass a much needed Bond/PI issue to help provide the type of learning environment our students need to compete with others across not only our state but our country and other countries around the world. We have outstanding teachers working hard in very poor teaching and learning environments while producing outstanding results. The problem is our buildings continue to deteriorate, resident students are leaving the district and general fund money is depleted trying to keep our old buildings safe for our students and staff. Our district is truly at a crossroad, we are either going to continue our rise to one of the top schools in the county or we will begin to fall to the wayside. Our rise to excellence has been exciting and the entire township should be proud of this school district but it will be impossible to maintain our high academic standards with the continued cuts that we are being forced to make as a result of our financial situation. We need every eligible voter to show up at the polls on May 7th or cast an absentee ballot prior to that day to move this school district forward. Our students and teachers are worth it! This issue is not just about our school district but about this entire community. I urge you to mark May 7th on your calendar and make sure you are part of helping to bring about this much needed change to our school district and the entire Coventry community. Please do not hesitate to call, e-mail or stop in with any questions or concerns about this issue that will change our community for years to come.
I hope you get the opportunity to visit one of our schools, catch a student performance or attend a spring sporting event over the next few months. We really do have great young people and they are a joy to be around. Check out our outstanding web page at http://www.coventryschools.org/ for events and activities listed on our district calendar. Senior students are encouraged to apply in the guidance office for a variety of scholarships being offered many of the scholarships are through local businesses and organizations. I hope you all have a wonderful and safe spring with plenty of sunshine.