COLUMBIANA - Crestview Superintendent John Dilling said the district has a plan to completely pay for its facilities over the course of the next three-and-a-half years during a special board of education meeting Tuesday evening.
Dilling called the plan a major achievement and said the district's facilities, including the school building and football stadium, are beautiful. He said he is very excited to be in a position to pay them off.
Other achievements highlighted during the meeting included collaborating with the community in the construction of a soccer field, establishing a pre-school program, updating the district's technology to include faster computer network switches and adding security cameras to prevent vandalism.
In addition to the district's achievements, the board discussed some issues that may be future concerns. Dilling presented information on the school district's resident enrollment numbers, which he said are likely to decline from 914 this year to under 900 during the next school year. At the same time, Dilling said open enrollment is likely to continue growing from the 260 students this year to 283 next school year, keeping the district at a consistent 1100 students.
"Enrollment has been flat over the course of the last couple of years and we're projecting it will be flat next year," Dilling said.
Student enrollment is important because it is part of the equation that determines school funding, although Governor Ted Strickland has proposed a plan that would change school funding to be based upon teacher-to-student ratio figures. Strickland's plan is under consideration by the state legislature and must be voted on by June 30.
Dilling said the pre-school program has been helping enrollment numbers because every student who graduated from the program has so far enrolled in kindergarten at the district. He said the program has about 25 students so far and that there's a waiting list of parents who wish to enroll their children for the next school year.
Also during the meeting, board members discussed projects they would like to see implemented from the district's permanent improvement fund. While the district has $50,000 to work with it isn't nearly enough to fund the top 10 projects under consideration. Board members eventually narrowed their list down to emergency radios for bus drivers and emergency personnel at the school, a non-potable well, a fence from the maintenance building to the elementary playground and network printing/document management services.
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