Speeding vehicles on school drive a concern

COLUMBIANA – After repaving the roadway between the Crestview elementary and middle schools, board members this week discussed concerns with how fast traffic is moving between the schools.

Board member Dr. Edward Miller started the conversation, noting he was there recently and people were going past him at 45 mph on the road. At the same time, small children are utilizing the fields for flag football and soccer. Miller said he was concerned if he had opened his door, someone would have taken it off.

Superintendent John Dilling agreed and said cameras are going to be installed to find out which students are responsible for driving too quickly up the roadway and into the parking lots. However, he said students are not the only ones doing it. Parents are also driving too quickly.

Once school starts and the students are there, the gate between the two schools has been closed in the past, which prevents the roadway from being used as a throughway. Dilling said it is possible those gates will be closed sooner.

“It is not a county road, it’s a school road,” Dilling said. “It’s not a way to cut across from Crestview Road to Middleton Road.”

Board members also discussed putting up a speed limit sign on the road to help remind people to slow down on the school property.

In other matters:

– Daryl Miller, technology coordinator, said teachers are going to be encouraged to use DRUND this year, a program which will allow them to better communicate with many parents and others wishing to get notifications through the district. Miller described the program as similar to Facebook, but with more control. Teachers will be able to instantaneously notify parents using their phone or device right from the classroom about what is happening.

– Crestview is expecting full classes again this year with 456 students signing up through open enrollment.

– The first group of students have been drug tested for the upcoming school year. Karen Sapp, one of the athletic directors, told the board 144 students were part of the first-round of drug testing in the new program added by the board late last school year, which aims to encourage students to remain drug-free so they can participate in school athletics, activities and drive to school.

– Elementary Principal Marian Dangerfield reported all but two students passed the third grade guarantee reading test and both of those students worked hard this summer and retook the test. Dangerfield said she is happy with the test results, even though she has been concerned about the pressure being placed on third-grade students.

– The board accepted the resignations of William Redd, CMS music teacher, and Matthew Bradley, CHS teacher. The board approved one-year contracts for Sarah Valingo, CHS English teacher and Brady Amerson, CMS music teacher.