Crestview finalizes administrative shuffle for upcoming school year

NEW WATERFORD — With High School Principal Lynda Dickson retiring and after hiring Timothy Pancake last month as the new special education coordinator, Crestview’s Board of Education finalized other moves to reorganize the administrative positions for next school year at Monday’s board meeting.

The high school principal role will be filled by Laura Nappi, who had served as the assistant middle school prinicipal and co-athletic director this year. Dan Hill, who was the special education coordinator, will now serve as the assistant principal for grades five through 12. Both were given three year contracts.

Additionally, the board approved three-year contracts for Allison Lemaster, middle school principal; Jamiel Radman, maintenance supervisor; Richard Burbick, supervisor transportation/mechanic; Emma Schneider, assistant treasurer and Leslie Biastro, psychologist.

After the meeting, Superintendent Matthew Manley said they are now all set for fall, but noted it will be sad to lose Dickson, who is a great person.

“Mrs. Dickson has been a tremendous leader, extremely knowledgable, gifted and caring,” Manley said. “We will miss her… She’s a great collegue and a friend.”

In other matters:

— The board approved about 102 seniors for graduation this upcoming Sunday provided they complete their requirements.

— At several points during the meeting, people took the opportunity to thank both the Vison 2020 Levy Committee and the community for supporting the bond issue last week.

“The support the community gave and the excitement it has generated is incredible,” said Hill.

Following the meeting, Manley talked about how much the community values education, noting the school is extremely grateful and humbled.

Additionally, Manley talked about the middle school Destination Imagination team, which needed to raise about $11,000 in about a month so they can attend the international competition in Kansas City, Mo. Manley said the community stepped forward with donations and are still doing so to make certain Crestview’s students can go compete against the best in world.

— The board went into executive session at the end of the meeting to interview students wanting to serve as the board’s student liaison next year.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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