NEW WATERFORD - The Crestview Board of Education approved improvements to the elementary school driveway on Wednesday and discussed possible ideas for improving the high school softball field.
The area at the top of the driveway where the school buses turn will be repaired utilizing concrete in hopes it will be more durable. The project was awarded to Yarian Concrete, who had the lowest of three bids at $11,200.
Maintenance Supervisor Jay Radman said he would like the company to let him know when they are coming so he can show them where the fiber optic cable, which connects the schools with the Internet, is located. The cable is buried in the same area, about 18 inches to two feet below the surface.
Board member Dr. Edward Miller presented the board with some ideas he has about improvements to the high school softball field. He brought photos of a similar dugout structure he would like to see added to the Rebels' field, which would include a concrete pad, open screening to allow airflow, a metal roof and a hitting area.
Additionally, Miller suggested a 45-degree angle of fencing at the top of the current backstop, which will help prevent so many balls from being lost in a neighboring field. He would also like to see the field crowned properly.
Miller said the field does not need a lot of money, but added it does need a lot of work. He brought rough estimates of the costs, and fellow board members encouraged him to get better figures so he can bring the project back to another meeting.
- The board also approved a resolution allowing eligible employees to participate in the Ohio Public Employees Deferred Compensation Program, which is a way saving for retirement. The program will be administered by Treasurer Charlene Mercure.
- The board approved contracts with United Dairy Farms Inc. for dairy products for the upcoming school year, as well as, Nickles Bakery for bread and rolls. Prices were set for ala carte food items.
- Board member John Garwood reminded the board that although the state is announcing lottery sales are up this year, that does not mean schools will receiving additional funding. While the lottery proceeds may come to the schools, other funding previously earmarked for the schools may be just used by the state elsewhere.
- A parent was granted a due process hearing to discuss her concerns about her child, a preschool student.
- The next meeting of the board will be held on Monday, Sept. 17. It will begin at the elementary school at 6 p.m. instead of the regular 7 p.m., giving board members an opportunity to tour the facilities prior to conducting business.