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Crestview welcomes administrator

NEW WATERFORD — Crestview Local Schools will have a new person coordinating special education and as assistant principal elementary school next school year after the board voted this week to hire Timothy Pancake.

The decision came after an executive session at the end of Wednesday’s meeting. Superintendent Matthew Manley said Pancake is currently an assistant principal in Lowellville, where he works with students in kindergarten through 12th grade, while also conducting Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings for the students who need them. Also at Lowellville, Pancake serves as the director of education.

The addition of Pancake is due to the pending retirement of Crestview’s high school principal, Lynda Dickson, at the end of the school year. Manley said the plan is for others already working at Crestview to change their positions and Pancake will be the new person.

Manley said he will recommend the personnel changes as well as other hirings to the board at May’s board meeting. However, Manley said he felt it was important to give the Lowellville schools ample time to begin their search to replace a person who did so much for them.

Pancake was chosen out of 38 applicants, Manley said, adding they interviewed about a dozen people.

“We felt very blessed to have such a strong pool of candidates,” Manley said.

In other matters:

— The board accepted the retirement of Cynthia Straney, who has served as a physical education/health teacher with the school for many years. Manley noted how much Straney will be missed and credited her with spending a lot of time with him at a baseball game in April 2016 explaining to him what it means to be a Rebel.

— The board honored Matthew Evans, a middle school intervention specialist, with the Rebel Pride Award. In addition to helping so many students and letting them know they are loved, it was noted Evans serves as an indoor track coach and is currently planning an end of the year barbecue for the students who have stayed on track in the classroom.

— Student board liaison Jeremy Miller asked the board to consider creating a cross country course at some point for Crestview students to run on. The course should be 3.1 miles in length, he said, and could go around the school property.

— Miller also talked about how students have adjusted to the new vaping rules and he sees less frustration with the fewer numbers of restrooms available.

Assistant high school principal Paul Cusick said at this point a couple students have needed to go through the vape educate online course after being caught breaking the rules and have even given the program some good feedback.

Board president Dr. Edward Miller said he has recently seen a study where people who vape are starting to be found with traces of toxic cadmium in their lungs, which could be from the cadmium batteries. Miller noted these people could be “slowly poisoning themselves.”

— Cusick also announced he is still looking for people to lead and help with an athletic boosters program for the future.

— The board approved three-year contracts for Hephner Lawn Care, which will be doing the athletic field maintenance and mowing, as well as the mowing for the rest of the property.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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