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:  

Ksenia Merck (Chair)
K Merck & Associates

Pat Knipe (Vice-Chairman)
Partner (Retired)
Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Mario Cuello
Epygi Technologies Ltd.

Ernesto Gonzalez-Chavez
AIP Design, Inc.

Douglas A. Kelly
Vice President/Senior Counsel
Litigation and Compliance
Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporations

James Knapp
James B. Knapp Construction

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


Next COVE Meeting

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

The Next COVE Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 8:00 a.m.
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