Crestview BOE renews food services pact

COLUMBIANA –Happy with the way the food services program worked this past school year under The Nutrition Group, the Crestview school board voted on Wednesday to renew the contract for the next school year.

Cafeteria Director Jackilyn Wilms and another representative from the Nutrition Group Inc. discussed some of the upcoming differences with the school’s lunch program and a lot of the things which will remain the same. For instance, some proposed restrictions for sodium will not go forward, and next year students will be able to drink 1 percent milk instead of the fat free milk offered this year.

Board President Dr. Edward Miller pointed out that with the vitamin D deficiency people in this part of the country experience, they should be encouraging students to drink whole fat milk, which enables them to absorb vitamin D better. It was noted that due to calorie restrictions, cafeterias are unable to offer whole milk, but the after-school program offers Baker’s Milk.

Next school year the after-school program will continue Mondays through Thursdays, giving students and coaches staying for school activities, practices and games another option to eat between school and the event. For instance, a coach can alert the cafeteria about a food option they would like the team to be able to purchase before getting on the bus for an away game.

The coffee bar will also return along with a smart snacks program.

Besides getting healthy foods next year, Crestview students will have the benefit of a full-time psychologist on the staff. The board approved the hiring of Leslie Biastro, offering her a two-year contract. After the meeting, Superintendent Matthew Manley said the need to have someone to help students through the causes of truancy problems aided in the decision to go with a full-time psychologist. In the past, Crestview contracted with the Educational Service Center in Columbiana County for their psychologist. Manley said they received outstanding services from the ESC, but they needed more services and found a way to have someone full-time without additional costs.

In addition, the board hired Liza Berger, as a health assistant for next school year to help provide services to students when the school nurse Janet Leipheimer cannot be in all three schools at the same time.

In other matters:

— The date for next spring’s graduation has already been scheduled. Instead of falling on the weekend of Memorial Day, the Rebel Class of 2018 will have commencement at 2 p.m., May 20.

— The board accepted the resignation of Dan Hill, varsity boys baseball coach for the 2017-18 school year.

— The athletic department is also working to create new protocol for when student athletes can continue playing following head injuries.

— The board renewed insurance with Holloway for its property, fleet and liability insurance for the upcoming year. Although the quote was a little higher than others, board members noted Holloway has covered things in the past others would not have, has a good reputation and is also a local company which supports the Crestview schools.

— As soon as the permits are granted, work will conclude on getting the modular classrooms prepared for the upcoming school year. Ramps, sidewalks, and downspouts are among items that still need to be finished.

— Crestview learned it will receive $65,000 less in Title I money this upcoming year. Over the recent years, the funding has been reduced from $375,000 to $205,000.

— During Wednesday’s meeting the board recognized the Destination Imagination team which went to Tennessee and built a balsa wood structure which held 835 pounds. Three of the team’s members, all third-graders, appeared at the meeting along with the team’s coaches and talked to the board about their experiences at the Global competition.

“I told them to make me proud, and they really did that,” Principal Marian Dangerfield said of the team, “So rah, rah for Crestview Elementary.”