Longtime Crestview BOE member will leave office at end of year

LISBON – The Crestview Board of Education will be saying goodbye to long-time board member Dan Simmons at the end of the year.

Simmons chose not to run for re-election in November after serving 16 years on the board.

“I still care about the school district,” Simmons said, “but now, I just don’t feel as connected.”

Simmons’ own children have graduated from the district, leaving him with fewer connections to what is happening there daily.

He said Wednesday one of his proudest accomplishments is that he and other members of the board hired the right people through the years, dedicated people like Superintendent John Dilling and others who have led the district in the right direction.

During the years Simmons has been at Crestview the district has remodeled the middle school, built a new weight room, remodeled the football stadium and track, opened the Crestview doors to open enrollment, started the 1:1 computer initiative by providing laptops to all high school students, began a new Science Technology Engineering and Math program and built the performing arts center. The district has paid off all its construction projects except the performing arts center, voting to stop collection on the 1992 bond issue just last month.

Simmons also recently stepped down from his position on the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center board.

During the elections earlier this month, John Garwood and Dr. Edward Miller ran for re-election and won. Instead of running for his unexpired term, Miller ran for Simmons’ open seat. The board plans to appoint someone to Miller’s seat in January.

In other matters before the board:

– The board approved new memorandum of understanding with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees. One changed the negotiated agreement to comply with changes to the federal minimum wage and another established a new position, special education/school secretary with an hourly wage of $13.75.

– The board also approved a new memorandum of understanding with the Crestview Education Association creating a position of middle school wrestling coach. The board appointed Victor Nery to the position.

– The board approved supplemental contracts for Theresa Dallies, freshman winter sports cheerleader advisor and Paige Hawkins, seventh and eighth grade winter sports cheerleader advisor. Additionally, substitutes were approved – John Beilhart, health and physical education; Meggan Goehring, general education; and Ruth Baker, general science, home economics grades 7-12 and vocational education.