Crestview passes marker on road to building project

NEW WATERFORD — The Crestview school board last week took the next step down the road to constructing new buildings by voting of its intention to participate in the Expedited Local Partnership Program (ELPP).

After passing the bond issue in May, Superintendent Matthew Manley said the next step in obtaining the 88 percent funding for the project through the Ohio Schools Facility Commission is to join the ELPP. Manley said this step taken by the board locks in the money and allows them to begin soliciting for architect services for the project.

“It locks in the 88 percent,” Manley said, “It protects our investment so we can continue to do work until our $38 million is available.”

The board also voted to begin looking for the architects, which must be in place and an enrollment update must be done by Aug. 22.

In other matters:

— The board discussed an anonymous donor who came in and donated $1,000 to cover the outstanding balances on student food services. Besides that generous donation, Treasurer Charlene Mercure said the New Waterford Fire Department also approached the school wanting to do the same, but because the cafeteria bills had all been paid, the fire department agreed to pay for the outstanding fees of seniors, so everyone who graduated could get their diplomas. Another donation from Humtown Products is paying for the kits for the robotics team. Finally, many people donated to help the Destination Imagination team travel for competition at the end of the year. The board talked about how generous the community has been.

— The board voted to donate the laptops used for four years by the Class of 2019 to the students who used them. Manley noted they had checked on reselling the laptops and were only going to get $10 to $15 per laptop.

— Bowling will be a sanctioned varsity sport next year at Crestview. Board President Dr. Edward Miller noted during the period it was only a club sport, the bowling program showed it was substainable and attracted a wide variety of students to participate, including some who do not normally play a sport. In 2019-20, the sport now will be eligible to participate in the OHSAA Bowling Meet.

— The board accepted the resignations of Dawn Moore, English teacher and Kathy Snyder, head cafeteria cook. The board hired Barry Kimpel as an English teacher; Evan Gottschalk, technology assistant; Melissa Fieldhouse, cafeteria cashier; Nicole Price, cafeteria server and Deborah McEwen, cafeteria server.