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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:

Pat Knipe (Chair)
Partner (Retired)
PricewaterhouseCoopers

Douglas A. Kelly (Vice-Chairman)
Vice President & General Counsel
American Automobile Association

Stuart Kramer
Undergraduate/J.D. Degree
Over 30 years of experience in the Real Estate Industry

Sarah Taylor
Standards Manager (Retired)
Rosen Hotels & Resorts

Jeffrey Hart
Project Executive
Development Ventures Group, Inc.
Over 33 years of experience in Construction Management

Jacki Churchill 
Chief Financial Officer (Retired)
Florida Department of Transportation

Michael Denny 
Sr. Director of Development and External Affairs
Universal Orlando

Next COVE Meeting

The Construction Oversight and Value Engineering (COVE) Committee meets monthly at the John T. Morris Facilities Complex, 6501 Magic Way, Building 200, Orlando, Florida 32809.


The next COVE meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 21, 2024, at 8:00 AM. 

COVE MEETING DATES
(3rd Thursday each month)

March 21, 2024
April 18, 2024
May 16, 2024
June 20, 2024
July 18, 2024
August 15, 2024
September 19, 2024
October 17, 2024
November 21, 2024
December 19, 2024


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