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Online presentation offers look at new Crestview building

A rendering by the architects Holabird & Root of the new performance gymnasium courts. (Drawings by Holabird & Root)

NEW WATERFORD — Crestview board members and many members of the community who logged onto the online presentation got another look at the new school building they hope will begin to become reality in 2021.

Eric Risinger and Max Hanisch of Holabird and Root showed off drawings of how the wings of the new building will look, along with a computer-generated tour. This gave board members and those watching on YouTube a chance to go through the hallways, enter the gymnasium, see the views of the campus through the large windows in the cafeteria and gain an overall sense of what it may be like to attend classes in the new facility.

The building will have separate entrances for the elementary students and the older students, but these entryways will be well monitored with double sets of doors with an office entry between them, allowing the school to better monitor who is entering the building for security.

There are special panels in the gymnasium area able to diffuse light yet get the most of the natural light. There are large windows in the academic common areas of the school, giving students views of the pond, and again providing natural light into the school. There are stairs with seating space where classes or speakers could be held. The plans this time showed an outdoor classroom space on the second floor, giving students another chance to learn in a fresh air setting.

The plans also showed a teachers’ work room, which can be converted into a community room in the evenings, where local groups of up to 50 people can have meetings. There is a large island with plugs for spreading out papers or crockpots. Superintendent Matthew Manley pointed out any other year without COVID-19, Crestview’s buildings are full of people day and night attending so many different events.

While the comments about what was shown were positive, none of it can become a reality until the release of the money through the Ohio Schools Facility Commission program. The money is there for the school after the taxpayers did their part passing the levy, but this year has been different from a funding standpoint. Still Manley said 2021 will be a significant year for the school building project.

In other matters at its recent meeting:

— The board passed a resolution backing the passage of House Bill 305, the Fair School Funding Plan, which will finally address the funding issues found unconstitutional by the Ohio Supreme Court more than 20 years ago.

— Crestview continues to have water issues and is eagerly awaiting the waterline from New Waterford. Maintenance supervisor Jay Radman said the school had already received a delivery of 5,500 gallons of water before the board meeting on Wednesday and was expecting another 5,500 gallons on Friday. The school’s wells are not keeping up with the average demand this time of year.

djohnson@mojonews.com

Thank You

Deanne Johnson

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