Since 1997, the Citizens’ Construction Oversight and Value Engineering Committee, commonly known as COVE, has been overseeing all school construction projects within Orange County Public Schools. The committee is made up of volunteers with expertise in construction, engineering, finance and auditing. None of them do business with the district, and the committee is independent of the district.

Working with COVE, the district has developed prototypes for elementary, middle and high schools. As a result, the district has already won millions of dollars from the state’s SMART Schools Clearinghouse, which recognizes school districts that build high-quality new schools cost-effectively.

As part of the half-cent sales tax package approved by voters in September of 2002, COVE will continue to oversee all construction and renovation projects for as long as the sales tax is in effect. The committee’s involvement will ensure that tax dollars are spent wisely.

Questions or comments for the COVE Committee may be sent by e-mail by accessing the COVE email selection to the right.

Members of the COVE Committee are:  

Egerton van den Berg (Chair)
Ksenia Merck (Vice-Chair)
K Merck & Associates
Mario Cuello
Epygi Technologies Ltd.
Ernesto Gonzalez-Chavez
AIP Design, Inc.
Pat Knipe
Partner (Retired)
Pricewaterhouse Coopers
James Knapp
Stuart Kramer


 Next COVE Meeting

Date:Thursday, April 16, 2015
Place: Facilities Services.
6501 Magic Way, Building 200Orlando, Florida 32809
Time: 8:00 a.m.

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