Coventry Local Schools is an amazing school district, and I am honored to be the newly appointed superintendent.

As a lifelong resident of the area, a Coventry Schools’ community member and a tenured Coventry educator, I can genuinely attest to the excellent education our students are receiving here in Coventry.

On behalf of the district and myself, we are truly grateful and so very appreciative of the community’s most recent show of support — the passage last month of the district’s renewal levy.

Most people know that Coventry schools face many challenges. These challenges include:

• an inadequate share of state funding;

• a high-wealth district rating, although approximately 50 percent of the student population falls within the category of economically disadvantaged;

• the struggle to meet state testing mandates;

• state fiscal receivership, more commonly known as “fiscal emergency.”

These are indeed challenges. However, these challenges do not define us. Instead, they are merely obstacles in our path to success. There is no doubt that together, as a united, positive and supportive community, we will overcome these obstacles and continue to provide a high-quality education to all of our students.

I look forward to working hard together to ensure this success.

Lisa A. Blough


Coventry Local School District

Fair, generous and compassionate

I feel compelled to write in response Bob Dyer’s Nov. 20 article, “Prosecutor’s ‘assault’ charge is ridiculous.” Having known Kassim Ahmed for more than 15 years, I am sad this story has taken the direction that it has.

I first met Kassim at the University of Akron in our freshman year English class. Quickly, I discovered what many people know to be true about Kassim — he is a man of integrity, generosity, and compassion. Kassim believes in fundamental fairness and has a strong sense of justice, which is why I am not surprised he became a prosecutor. He served Summit County with purpose and dedication.

I am deeply saddened to hear Kassim has resigned; it is truly unfortunate that this event, which could have been resolved in a civil manner, now alters the course of this man’s life and life of his family.

May we all use this as an opportunity to do better and treat each other with respect. We must remember words carry tremendous weight.

Catherine Breck Colon


Special treatment?

I have been reading articles regarding Kassim Ahmed and Holly Trivett (“Assistant prosecutor resigns in Summit,” Nov. 29 Akron Beacon Journal).

As a retired Cuyahoga Falls police officer, I was under the impression that filing a false police report was a criminal act. If indeed Ahmed filed a police report with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office knowing that such report was not true, why has he not been charged? Is it only because he is an assistant prosecutor?

Anyone else would have been charged.

Richard Darmstadt

Cuyahoga Falls

Disgrace to the bench

Associate Justice William O’Neill clearly does not belong on the Ohio Supreme Court, not only for bringing the court and the integrity of justice into disrepute, but also for displaying gross ignorance of the law by referring to U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s conduct as “noncriminal” in his second Facebook post on the subject.

Putting one’s hands on a woman’s breast without her consent and while she is asleep is sexual assault and battery.

Justice O’Neill’s belated apology for his Facebook comments trivializing sexual misconduct and bragging about his own sexual exploits with 50 women is too little and too late.

He is a disgrace to the bench and should resign immediately.

Paul Kamenar

Chevy Chase, Md.,

Barberton native