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Crestview BOE to meet architects for new building

NEW WATERFORD — The Crestview Board of Education plans to meet on Thursday with the architects who will be responsible for helping the board and building committee to design the future schools in Crestview.

According to Superintendent Matthew Manley, the 5 p.m. meeting will be held mostly in executive session as the board and architects iron out the details of the contract for the services they will be rendering. But Manley said this meeting will open the door for the project, which was approved by the voters in November, to begin to swiftly take shape.

During last week’s meeting, Manley celebrated School Board Recognition Month, talking about the 2020 slogan “Planting Seeds for Success.” He pointed out that slogan takes on a new meaning when you consider this board will be part of designing a building that will be where Crestview students attend school long after many of them are gone.

While waiting for the new building, the old facilities continue to have problems. Maintenance Supervisor Jay Radman said this past month the hot water tank at the elementary started leaking. Radman noted the tank is 26-years old.

In other matters before the board:

— Student liaison Dale McGoogan talked about his recycling program, which he said will include 110 bins for students in the classrooms and an additional two large bins. Board member Missy Wellman noted how much work it has been for McGoogan to accomplish this, but it was also noted that the people from the Carroll, Columbiana and Harrison County Solid Waste District working with McGoogan on the project have told others at the school how impressed they have been with McGoogan.

— Manley asked the board to pass a resolution opposing the Ohio EdChoice Scholarship (voucher) Program. Manley said while no one wants to take credit for it being in the state budget, the program would be bad for public schools, which are urging each other to speak up now.

“We are hopeful this will be put on hold,” Manley said.

— The board approved a $10,000 donation from the PTO, which helped put additional cameras in buses. Transportation Supervisor Rich Burbick said the school now has cameras in eight of the 15 buses. He also made another plea for drivers, due to the district always struggling because whenever there are illness or injuries, there are more requests for bus trips than drivers to cover them.

The board approved the addition of a substitute sheriff’s deputy, Kevin Walker; Family Medical Leave Act time for Randall Erath; maternity leave for Phylicia Joy; and the employment of intervention specialist Sarah Bacon.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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