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Crestview teacher:  Our school is falling apart

To the editor:

Voters in the Crestview School District will wake up on Election Day with a choice. They can vote “yes” on a bond issue to fund $5.2 million of Crestview Local School District’s building project. The other option is to vote “no” which would leave the district short of the money required by the state of Ohio to receive the remaining share of the funding needed to build a new school.

The key word is needed. Every day I work with students at Crestview High School, I’m reminded of the need for a new building. The argument I keep hearing is that the school is too young to need replacement. However, all it takes is to spend a day in our school to know that simply isn’t true. Our schools weren’t built with the needs of the students in mind. In truth, they weren’t even built with proper maintenance in mind. Our school is falling apart.

You wouldn’t know that the school is in trouble from the outside. Crestview’s maintenance staff has done an outstanding job caring for the school. The outside walls and roof look nearly pristine from far away. Our landscaping is top notch. However, once a person gets inside, there is a different story to tell.

My classroom is cold during the winter. By cold, I mean the temperatures are often so low that I have allowed students to break school rules and use blankets in my classroom. Our heating and cooling systems have so many problems that NDC Heating and Cooling is out here almost every day during the fall and winter fixing something. These problems significantly impact the learning environment of my classroom, especially in the late fall and winter months. My students deserve more than this.

I’ve had numerous leaks in my classroom. It’s not easy nor safe to teach students when water is leaking around the exhaust vents in their kitchen. Two different rain storms caused an exhaust fan to fall when the leak compromised the bottom of the cabinet to which it was attached. Leaks happen virtually everywhere in the building, whether it be in the hallway, bathrooms, or classrooms. This does not provide a great environment for providing our students a solid education.

Another problem involves safety. There are too many entrances without proper security capabilities. Our classroom doors have massive windows that make it easy for an assailant to get into our classroom. We recently installed Bolo Sticks to help stem that problem, but it’s still a major concern. The bottom line is this: our school was built with the 1980s in mind, not the world we live in today.

This building project solves all of the problems labeled above, plus the ones I didn’t get to, including the septic tank in the elementary school and other major structural issues. I understand that some voters are upset about past projects, and that makes them want to vote “no” now.

However, the present situation is different. Moreover, this project is about providing for our student body both now and in the future. We have amazing students and teachers here. Crestview is special place that really is the heart of our community. All you have to do is stop by most nights during the week to see that. If the community votes down the levy, all of that is put at risk.

Whatever it is that is holding you back from voting yes, I’m asking you to reconsider. This isn’t about the past; it’s about the future — our future. The building project is a simple math problem. By raising $5.2 million, Crestview Schools gets a state of the art $43 million kindergarten to 12 building that meets all of our needs and puts the district on stable footing for decades to come. The incoming maintenance on the current buildings will surpass that number in just a few years. Help us fix the problem. Please help us provide the best learning environment possible for our kids.

KIM BARLOW

Canfield

(Kim Baker Barlow is a Crestview graduate who has taught for 18 years. This is her fourth year teaching family and consumer science at Crestview. Barlow currently teaches food and nutrition, interior design, and family life to high school students. She resides in the Crestview District and her children attend Crestview Schools.)

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Salem Hunting Club offers firearm safety lesson

To the editor:

Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home? If so, is it because you’ve experienced a house fire or because you understand the possible risks under extreme circumstances? We have no magic crystal ball telling us when or where tragedy will strike.

Why does it take a tragedy/loss of life for some people to wake up? This message is for anyone you know who doesn’t feel the need to, at a minimum, understand the significance of being responsible for one’s own safety.

When we need them, our protectors (police and firefighters) are moments away when seconds count. That statement isn’t being used to scare or alarm anyone. It’s simply a fact.

In hopes of opening some eyes to those who have for a long time thought that guns are scary or simply aren’t for them, The Salem Hunting Club is offering those individuals a free private (or small group) firearm safety lesson throughout the month of November. We’re also offering those individuals the opportunity to visit and sit in on our concealed carry classes free of charge.

Come see and hear how to safely take responsibility for your own safety. Come and decide if you want to actually participate and take one of our CCW classes based on your first-hand experience of what our class has to offer you.

Beyond our classes, we also hold a shooting event (monthly, year round) where you can have the opportunity to learn through watching others and the first hand experience of actually shooting on our range for only $5! Questions? Email us at salemhuntingclub@gmail.com or call 330-831-9847. If no answer, please leave a voicemail and your call will be returned.

JAY KLEIN,

Salem

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